Television reporters on the sidelines at NFL games stand feet away from elite athletes running at full speed. It can be a dangerous place.
Case in point: This collision after Tampa Bay's Mike Evans hauled in a fourth-quarter touchdown in Sunday's game against the Bills.
— Toby Motyka (@TobyMotyka) October 22, 2017
Evans' touchdown grab gave the Buccaneers the lead late in the fourth quarter, but the Bills came back to win, 30-27. The reporter he and cornerback Tre'Davious White crashed into was Jenna Cottrell of Rochester's ABC affiliate WHAM, who said she scraped her elbow but was fine otherwise. White went out of his way to apologize to her after the game.
Cottrell made light of the situation in a great tweet after the incident. She announced over the summer that she had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma but went into remission in August.
Mike Evans and cancer can only knock me down temporarily. Although, I wouldn't recommend either lol https://t.co/riLmRAVIl8
— Jenna Cottrell (@JennaCottrell) October 22, 2017
For all the television producers out there still holding their breath: Rest easy – Cottrell said the camera was fine.
Update: Evans replied to Cottrell on Twitter Tuesday.
— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) October 24, 2017
Haha I'm good. Next time you're in Buffalo I'll be sure to get out of the way
— Jenna Cottrell (@JennaCottrell) October 24, 2017