November 08, 2009

Cal Running Back Hurt on Touchdown Flight: California running back Jahvid Best suffered a frightening injury last night after going airborne to score a touchdown in the game against Oregon State. A defender sent him higher into the air at the goal line and he landed awkwardly on his back, his helmet flying off and arms stiffening. After he lay motionless for several minutes, Best was taken off the field and is being treated for a concussion. "It was nothing short of devastating," said Best's back-up and friend Shane Vereen. "I'm just thankful he's OK, just thankful we'll be able to see him again."

posted by rcade to football at 08:56 AM - 5 comments

Wow. That's one scary looking play. The teammate that almost jumped on him to celebrate was at least quick enough to stop himself and call for medical attention.

posted by grum@work at 12:00 PM on November 08, 2009

I was watching that game and saw the play take place- I knew something was wrong instantly by how his body went rigid. When they said they had him on oxygen I really thought we were looking at that kid for the last time.

posted by irunfromclones at 03:44 PM on November 08, 2009

Oxygen is usually just a precaution. His arms going rigid meant he was knocked right out for a bit. Glad he's ok, but that's two concussions in the past week...not good for the noggin.

posted by cletus7777 at 06:46 PM on November 08, 2009

cletus: Am I reading you right, that this one player had already had a concussion in the last week?

posted by Drood at 06:56 PM on November 08, 2009

If thats the case that team doc/trainer should be shown the door with a foot attached to his ***. Arms going rigid like that is called posturing, they either push out like this case or curl in to the chest. Posturing means the brain has experienced some trauma. I don't remember which one is the worst though, either way it is not a good thing to have happen. If Best plays again this regular season, I'll be surprised.

posted by jojomfd1 at 04:03 AM on November 09, 2009

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