DETROIT — Buffalo Bills cornerback Ron Brooks was being evaluated for a neck injury in a Detroit hospital after a frightening collision during a punt return against the Lions on Sunday.
Brooks waved his left hand after being placed on a spinal stabilization board and carted off the field midway through the first quarter. The Bills announced during the second quarter that Brooks was transported to a hospital.
He was hurt when colliding with Detroit’s Jerome Couplin. Couplin was attempting to block another Bills player and stumbled, hitting Brooks low. Brooks went flying into the air, spun upside down and landed directly on his head.
The game was delayed for about 10 minutes while trainers attended to Brooks at the Lions 40.
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury in the first minute of the third quarter. The Lions called his return questionable.
Johnson was hurt when he reached down to make a 7-yard catch and was immediately hit low by cornerback Leodis McKelvin. Johnson clutched his right ankle and was briefly treated on the field. He then got up on his own and slowly walked off the field.
Johnson spent the Lions next possession watching on one knee from the sideline before being escorted to the locker room.
Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy left the game with a left knee injury.
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