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First-quarter analysis: Ron Brooks immobilized, carted off after landing on his head

DETROIT -- Football can be a brutal game.

A reminder of that came in the first quarter of today's game between the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions here at Ford Field.

Play was stopped for several minutes as Bills cornerback Ron Brooks was attended to by trainers and EMTs after landing directly on his head while covering a punt. Brooks was chasing Lions punt returner Jeremy Ross when he was clipped by Detroit's Jerome Couplin. The contact sent Brooks head over heels, and he landed directly on his helmet, eerily similar to Don Beebe against the Cleveland Browns in the 1989 playoffs.

Brooks was taken to the Bills' locker room for evaluation of a neck injury. Couplin was also injured on the play, but was able to walk off under his own power.

Still struggling: The Bills' switch to Kyle Orton has so far not sparked the offense. Orton and Co. managed just one first down and 22 yards on 11 plays in the first quarter. The lowlight came when running back C.J. Spiller got blown up in pass protection by Lions linebacker Ashlee Palmer, leading to a huge sack of Orton.

Turn up the volume: The Lions' fans definitely had an impact in the first quarter. Bills rookie guard Cyril Richardson committed a false start on a third and 10, and the Bills took two delay-of-game penalties, including one on a punt.

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