Football season heads toward Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, but not without leaving casualties due to injury along the way. When NFL cornerback Dashaun Phillips of the Washington Redskins went down following a helmet-to-helmet collision in the regular season game finale in January, he lay motionless on the field. The frightening incident resulted in a cart taking Phillips off on a stretcher, his head and neck immobilized by a brace. Soon after, Phillips was lifted into a vehicle and transported to an area hospital.
Jay Gruden, the team head coach, later said that Phillips suffered a neck injury—a cervical stinger, which is an injury in both the neck and spinal cord area. Fortunately, tests revealed no further damage.