The Buffalo Bills’ running back Damien Harris endured a terrifying injury on Sunday night during their game against the New York Giants. Harris was taken off the field in an ambulance and rushed to a local hospital after suffering a neck injury. As he was loaded into the ambulance, he managed to give a thumbs-up sign with his left hand, bringing some relief to everyone concerned.
According to the Bills, Harris has movement in his arms and legs, which is undoubtedly a positive sign. However, further testing will still be conducted at the hospital to assess the severity of the injury. Bills coach Sean McDermott mentioned that all of Harris’ scans up until now have been normal/good, and he understands that Harris still has full movement.
The incident occurred in the second quarter when Harris was rushing the football on third-and-1 from the Buffalo 34-yard line. He was hit in the neck area by Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke and collided into Bills right guard O’Cyrus Torrence. Harris remained motionless on the ground for several minutes while the medical personnel and Bills athletic trainers rushed to his aid. The entire Bills sideline came out in support, surrounding him.
This unfortunate injury happened during the first carry of the game for Harris, who was also serving as the team’s lead kickoff returner that evening. His absence on the field undoubtedly had an impact on the game, but the Bills managed to hang on and secure a 14-9 victory over the Giants.
Damien Harris, 26, joined the Buffalo Bills this season after spending his first four years with the New England Patriots. He had a productive start with his new team, and Harris described it as the best offseason of his career. Before the injury, he recorded 22 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown, along with two receptions for 16 yards. The Bills were hoping to rely on Harris’s skills and versatility throughout the season.
While the immediate diagnosis for Damien Harris seems positive, the full extent of his injury and the recovery timeline are yet to be determined. The Bills organization, players, and fans will undoubtedly keep Harris in their thoughts and eagerly await updates on his condition.
Injuries are an unfortunate reality of professional sports, and incidents like these serve as a reminder of the risks that athletes undertake every time they step onto the field. The hope is always for a swift and successful recovery, allowing the players to return to the game they love.