Buffalo Bills cornerback Ron Brooks was released from a Detroit-area hospital Monday and returned to Western New York following a scary neck injury in Sunday’s game.
Brooks, 25, was covering a punt in the first quarter when he was clipped by Detroit’s Jerome Couplin. The contact sent Brooks head over heels, and he landed directly on his helmet, a la Don Beebe in the 1989 AFC playoffs against the Cleveland Browns.
Brooks lay motionless on the field for several minutes as trainers and EMTs immobilized him. He was carted off the field and later taken to the hospital for observation.
The Bills said Brooks was able to walk Monday.
“It was scary, the way he fell,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “To get reports that he’s at least released and coming back here, is obviously comforting.”
The exact severity of Brooks' injury remains unknown. The Bills reported no other new injuries from Sunday's game.