Just as the Buffalo Bills seemed to be finding their rhythm late in the second quarter against the Tennesee Titans Monday night soccerThe excitement at Highmark Stadium came to an abrupt end after cornerback Dane Jackson suffered a gruesome blow to the head.
Jackson, Bill’s seven-round pick from the 2020 NFL draft, collided with Bill’s Pro Bowl linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, the latter of whom made a second-down tackle on Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks just a minute before halftime.
During the accidental hit, the 25-year-old’s neck snapped back into an awkward position before appearing to be knocked over by Titans running back Hassan Haskins.
An ambulance pulled onto the field at Orchard Park, immediately silencing the sell-out crowd that attended the Bills’ home opener on September 19. The game was suspended for nearly 10 minutes while the third year player was placed on a back wall and loaded into an ambulance.
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg tweeted, “I wish Dane Jackson, who is now in the ambulance, well. Tremaine Edmunds stayed close to him most of the time.”
Jackson, who had flown back and forth between the practice team and the active roster for the past two seasons, became a regular on the starting lineup after Pro Bowler Tre’Davious White sustained a season-ending injury last year.
WGR 550 reporter Sal Capaccio shared some good news after Jackson was carted off the field. Capaccio tweeted that “Jackson is being evaluated for a neck injury at ECMC Hospital in Buffalo. He gets X-rays and a CT scan. He has full movement in his extremities.”
Jackson, who was restricted from practice this week because of a sore knee, was looking forward to getting back on the field this week Monday night soccer. Jackson, who missed practice on Thursday and Friday, told WGRZ on Saturday, “I feel good to be here today and to be able to move, it felt good to be out there.”
Head coach Sean McDermott gave the cornerback high praise before the primetime match. “He’s a very conscientious young man, he’s a pro in the way he prepares, he’s as tough as they are out there, if he goes he’ll be ready to go.” McDermott to WGRZ.
Following Jackson’s injury, Syracuse.com’s Matt Parrino tweeted, “Hard to think about football. We spent some time with Dane Jackson on Saturday after he returned to training. It is a pleasure to be with him. His smile lights up the room. Really hope he’s ok.”
Twitter immediately filled with prayers and well wishes for Jackson and Edmunds after the former was transported off the field. Jason Wolf of USA Today tweeted, “As terrible as I feel for Dane Jackson, I also feel sick for Tremaine Edmunds. Imagine accidentally taking your teammate to the hospital and having to focus on playing the rest of this game.”
WGRZ reporter Julianne Pelusi wrote, “The rest of the evening is about more than football. I really hope Dane is okay. What a terrible and frightening situation.”
WGR 550 reporter Nate Geary tweeted, “Scary stuff here. I really hope Dane Jackson is doing well.” Without Jackson, the Bills will have to rely on two rookie cornerbacks, Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford, to really get ahead Monday night soccer.
The Bills’ line of defense has taken a beating lately. With both Ed Oliver (ankle) and Tim Settle (calf) inactive for the Bills game against the Titans, Buffalo increased defensive tackles, Brandin Bryant and CJ Brewer.