Smith went down early in the first quarter after a spectacular collision with Patriots tight end Hunter Henry. Henry managed to wiggle his way past Smith, who appeared to hit his head on Henry’s side. Smith turned and tried to chase after Henry, but he fell to the ground.
here a replay of the moment, showing how Smith went down.
Smith’s injury was the start of a scary moment on the field. The Lions rallied as an ambulance brought out their injured defender. Eventually, Smith was placed in an ambulance, and a man who later turned out to be his father was allowed on the field. He accompanied Smith to the ambulance before it headed to the hospital.
Later, a FOX broadcast reporter reported that Lions personnel spent several minutes on the sideline watching replays in an attempt to determine how the injury occurred.
The NFL has seen some concerning injuries recently, including a pair of concussions suffered by Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa that prompted the NFL and NFLPA to update the league’s concussion protocol.
Smith was elevated by the team from the practice squad on Saturday. According to ESPN’s Eric Woodyardthe 24-year-old received a surprise start for Sunday’s game.
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