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Bucs’ Hunter Carried off Field

September 29, 1998

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ Tampa Bay rookie wide receiver Brice Hunter was carried off the field after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Detroit’s Mark Carrier late in the second quarter of Monday night’s game.

With the Lions leading 6-0 and 1:48 remaining in the first half, Hunter caught a pass from Trent Dilfer in the left flat for a 9-yard gain and was hit immediately by Carrier.

Both men went down, but Carrier was back up about a minute later.

A motorized stretcher was summoned for Hunter. After about 10 minutes, he was taken off the field and transported to a hospital.

Hunter, who was conscious, was moving his arms. His helmet remained on and his head was secured on the backboard used to take him off.

The Silverdome’s capacity crowd fell silent, reminiscent of when Lions linebacker Reggie Brown suffered a career-ending neck injury last December.

Detroit offensive lineman Mike Utley was paralyzed from the waist down after falling on his head following a collision in a 1991 game.

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