Maddox, McNabb, Hakim Injuried
The Associated Press
Nov. 18, 2002
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox was taken off the field at Tennessee by ambulance Sunday, but had movement in his extremities when he was admitted to a Nashville hospital.
Maddox, 31, was hurt on the final play of the third quarter. He was taken to Baptist Hospital's trauma unit, and Steelers spokesman Ron Wahl said Maddox was awake and alert, with sensation and movement in all his extremities.
Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher said Maddox was conscious and talking while he was lying on the field, but that he'd lost feeling. Cowher said Maddox had regained some feeling while at the hospital.
``There's some preliminary reports we're getting that are positive,'' Cowher said following the Steelers' 31-23 loss. ``He's getting some feelings back in his upper extremities. We don't have any more information to that, and it would be wrong of me to relay anything. We're all cautiously optimistic, as you would know.''
Maddox has talked with his family and will be kept overnight at the hospital, although his condition will not be updated until Monday.
Maddox was falling forward as he completed a pass to Antwaan Randle El when Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck put his elbow into Maddox's left shoulder. Maddox rolled forward onto his head and did not move.
The other Pennsylvania team also saw its quarterback injured. Donovan McNabb could miss the rest of the regular season after breaking his right ankle in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-14 victory over Arizona.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said the star quarterback could miss six-to-eight weeks, ``if everything goes right.''
McNabb, who played most of the game and threw for four touchdowns, never had a serious injury in his four-year career.
``It's not something he can play with right now,'' said trainer Rick Burkholder. ``We'll know more in the next 24-to-48 hours.''
McNabb was hurt on the third play of the game, when he was sacked by Arizona's Adrian Wilson and LeVar Woods. McNabb fumbled and stayed on the turf, clutching his right leg, but he returned on his team's next possession and led the Eagles to the win, even though he limped throughout the game.
Lions wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim will miss the rest of the season after dislocating and fracturing his left hip in the first quarter of a 31-14 loss to the New York Jets.
Hakim was taken off the field on a stretcher after being tackled by Jon McGraw and John Abraham after making a 14-yard catch.
``He has a hip dislocation, and it appears there is also a fracture in there,'' said Lions coach Marty Morhninweg said. ``That's why it appears to be season ending.''
Hakim signed with Detroit as a free agent this year.
Denver quarterback Brian Griese sprained his left knee late in the third quarter of Sunday's 31-9 victory at Seattle. An MRI was planned Monday. A team spokesman said Griese could be sidelined up to a month, though it's also possible he could play next week against Indianapolis.
Griese was injured after completing a pass to Rod Smith when Seattle's Rocky Bernard rolled up on Griese's knee. The Seahawks were assessed a penalty because officials ruled Bernard was going for Griese's knee.
Dallas Pro Bowl safety Darren Woodson strained his right groin in the first half at Indianapolis and did not return. Colts running back Edgerrin James, who missed the previous two games with hamstring and rib injuries, left in the fourth quarter after getting his ankle rewrapped. Team officials said later that he was not injured.
Saints CB Fred Thomas was knocked out when he took a knee to the head making a tackle on Alge Crumpler at Atlanta. Thomas was motionless on the turf for several minutes, but was able to run off, although he sustained a concussion.
Pittsburgh C Jeff Hartings and LB James Farrior both hurt knees and will be re-evaluated Monday.
Baltimore WR Javin Hunter suffered a concussion against Miami. Bengals CB Jeff Burris left the game against Cleveland with a severe headache. Cardinals fullback Joel Makovicka left the game against Philadelphia at halftime because of a concussion.
Packers guard Marco Rivera sprained his right knee at Minnesota.
Chargers LB Donnie Edwards and G Bob Hallen were knocked out of the game with San Francisco with concussions and G Michael Keathley sprained an ankle. 49ers OT Derrick Deese sprained an ankle.
Detroit DE Robert Porcher left the game against the Jets with a hyperextended right knee, and defensive tackle Luther Elliss sprained an ankle.