EASTERN RUTHERFORD, New Jersey – A scary moment took place Sunday at MetLife Stadium when the New York Giants’ wide CJ Board receiver had to be immobilized and taken off the field after hitting a football team in Washington.
The Giants later said the board had a concussion and a sprained neck. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Coach Joe Judge added after a 20- to 19 win for the Giants’ first win of the season that the feedback he received on board was generally “quite positive”.
“It was a relief,” Judge said.
Broad successor Darius Slayton said he believed Bord would be released from the hospital Sunday night. A source told ESPN that it was not believed that Board had suffered a serious injury to his neck or spine.
“The only thing I can say, with good news, is that even on the pitch he was moving, he was conscious, he was reacting,” the referee said. “He had movement in all his limbs. Apparently they had to take some precautions with what they were doing.”
The board tried to catch at the beginning of the third quarter when it was hit by Deschazor Everett. The board fell awkwardly to the ground as the ball loosened and did not appear to move when medical personnel were called to the field.
Later, the wide receiver for the fourth year was turned off with a neck injury.
The board remained on the ground motionless for several minutes. His face mask was cut off and his back stabilized before he was placed in the wheelchair and left the field.
The players cleared the middle of the field while the medical staff took care of the wounded giant. Some could be seen praying.
“I heard the collision. I knew it was a good shot. I looked there and saw it,” Slayton said. “Obviously the first thing I did was pray for him. I will keep praying for him. They said there was nothing wrong with his neck. There was nothing wrong with his spine. I was just confused. Apparently even I wouldn’t want him wrong, but I’m lucky he’s alert, he’s fine. “
The board refused to give up the Giants of Jaguars Jacksonville last summer. He has also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Browns.
Board has seven catches for 64 yards this season. He finished with a catch of three goals for 8 yards in Sunday’s win.