Cleveland Browns defensive back Troy Hill was wheeled off the field on a stretcher in Sunday’s 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. According to the Browns, Hill suffered a neck injury, but had movement in his extremities. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Hill recorded five tackles, three solos, against the Patriots before leaving the game.
Hill tried to make a tackle on Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers, who pushed through him for an 11-yard touchdown reception from backup quarterback Brian Hoyer. Hill went low and hit Meyers in the midsection, then recoiled, briefly pounding the ground in frustration. After the game, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski did not know if Hill’s head hit the ground on the play. Several players, including Browns defensive backs Ronnie Harrison, Greg Newsome, Grant Delpit, John Johnson III, Herb Miller and linebackers Elijah Lee and Mack Wilson, gathered around Hill.
Free safety Johnson said: “I kind of saw it on replay. It did look like he hit his head a little bit. Obviously when you see a guy just laying on the ground not moving too much, you kind of take a step back and make sure he’s OK. I sat over there and watched the whole thing. I don’t know what exactly happened, but any time you get carted off on a stretcher you just want to keep that guy in your prayers. He’s a great player, great teammate, so I just hope he gets better.”
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