WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Denver Broncos cornerback De’Vante Bausby said he was paralyzed for 30 minutes after a helmet-to-helmet collision with a teammate during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
- Bausby, who looked seriously injured when he was taken off the field, was standing upright in the team’s locker room Tuesday.
- “I was paralyzed for the first 30 minutes,” Bausby told reporters. “I couldn’t feel nothing. Then after 30 minutes, I could wiggle my toes.”
Broncos cornerback De’Vante Bausby was injured early in the second quarter of last Sunday’s Denver Broncos-Los Angeles Chargers game. He had to be taken off the field on a spine board and loaded onto the medical cart, looking seriously injured.
During a Chargers’ run play, as Austin Ekeler ran to the right side of the line; Bronco’s linebacker Alexander Johnson made the tackle on Ekeler, causing an accidental helmet-to-helmet collision with Bausby.
The cornerback landed flat on his back, not moving. He was taken to a Los Angeles trauma center, where he was diagnosed with a cervical sprain.
On Tuesday, Bausby described the harrowing details to reporters in front of his locker.
“I was awake the whole time; I was never unconscious. I just couldn’t move. I was still talking and everything. The neurologist said I’d be fine and I kind [of] trusted him. After 30 minutes I was able to wiggle my toes and after a couple of hours I gained full mobility. So I was straight; I was fine.
“They said I was paralyzed for the first 30 minutes. Then after 30 minutes I could wiggle my toes.”
He was told that there was no surgical intervention needed.
Bausby added that he wasn’t really scared while he was immobile because he was able to talk the entire time.
He told the media he wanted to play again this season, though he has to take things slowly for him to recover completely.
The Broncos put Bausby on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon, ending his season, Yahoo Sports reported. Though he was already standing upright during the locker room interview, reporters noted he was moving quite slowly.
Undrafted out of Pittsburgh State (Kansas) in 2015, Bausby was initially signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 26-year-old athlete also played with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and San Antonio Commanders of the AAF before signing with Denver in April. Bausby had started in Weeks 4 and 5 this year.