New Orleans Saints running back Daniel Lasco suffered a scary looking spinal injury Sunday after making a special teams tackle in the second quarter and was immobilized on a stretcher.
Lasco raised a hand slightly before being loaded into the ambulance and was taken from New Era Field to a local hospital. He had feeling in his extremities, according to a team statement.
“I think all the signs are positive, his movement and everything," coach Sean Payton said after the 47-10 victory against the Bills. "That’s encouraging.”
Lasco reportedly returned to New Orleans with the Saints on Sunday night and will be evaluated again Monday.
Lasco made a nice play to bring down Brandon Tate on a kickoff return with nine minutes left in the second quarter. He stayed down after the play and teammates immediately called for trainers. The Saints were ahead 14-3.
"He made a good tackle, man," Tate said. "I hope he gets well. I hope he's all right. ... I looked at him and seen he wasn't moving. I heard one of his teammates saying he was out. Like I said, I hope he gets better."
Saints players were around Lasco before he was placed in the ambulance.
"He told us to finish strong and go out there and do what we do," rookie running back Trey Edmunds told NOLA.com. "I'm sure when he sees the results of this game he'll be happy."
Lasco was a seventh-round draft pick in 2016 out of the University of California, Berkeley.
News Sports Reporter Jay Skurski contributed to this report.
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