Oilers' Rolle Has Bruised Spine
Aug. 15, 1998
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee Oilers rookie Samari Rolle remained hospitalized Saturday with a bruised spine after a fluke collision in practice, but is expected to be all right.
General manager Floyd Reese said Rolle, who was taken off the field Friday complaining of numbness in his left side, was sore but had complete feeling in all his limbs.
``All tests were negative,'' Reese said Saturday. ``He has complete feeling and complete control and is just a little sore ...''
Rolle collided with receiver Derrick Mason during an onsides-kick drill in the Oilers' walk-through Friday, a light practice where the players wear helmets but no other pads and generally have little contact with each other.
Rolle, a second-round draft pick from Florida State, remained on the field for about 15 minutes before being taken to the hospital.
Reese said Rolle should be ready for the season opener Sept. 6.
Mason bruised his left knee in the collision.