Packers OLB Thompson in hospital with neck stinger
McCarthy would not initially say whether Thompson was able to move his extremities, but the
The team classified the injury as a neck sprain and said Thompson would be kept overnight at Bellin Hospital for rest and further evaluation.
Lumpkin said he could see Thompson moving his feet after the two collided on a play.
“I got the ball, I saw an open lane and I cut back, and that’s when I saw Jeremy in the hole,” Lumpkin said. “I didn’t lower my head or anything, but his head hit my shoulder pad. When that happened, he just said, ‘Oh no!’ And he fell on the ground. After that, I was just standing there (asking), ‘What really just happened?’
“I just was hoping he’d get back up, and he didn’t.”
Lumpkin, a member of the
“Just the other week, we were talking – about a lot of stuff, about how things happen,” Lumpkin said. “I had no clue that it would happen like this, or that anything would happen today. It’s messing with my head. Me and him are close, we talk about a lot of stuff. It’s tough to say ‘I’m all right.’ That’s somebody I talk to on a regular basis. If he’s still in the hospital (after meetings), I’m going to go over there.”
“Hopefully he can come back from that just with a little time off, let it just settle down, and get right back out there,” Matthews said. “Hopefully it’s not as serious as we thought. But we’re all praying for him to have a speedy recovery.”
Thompson has been getting more snaps on defense in the wake of a season-ending knee injury to
With Matthews starting on the right side, rookie
“He’s definitely in the game plan this week, so I know I’m going to have to gear up to take a majority of those reps, especially with him and Brady spelling both Brad and I,” Matthews said. “But I look forward to the challenge, I think the whole team does. Any time you have an injury like that where a player stays down, it really takes a toll.”