Coach says linebacker has swelling in spinal column

Updated: October 27, 2003, 7:55 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Broncos linebacker John Mobley returned to Denver on Monday after spending the night in a Baltimore hospital with a bruised spinal cord.

Mobley was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens when he collided with running back Jamal Lewis and teammate Kelly Herndon.

Mobley lay on the field for more than 10 minutes and couldn't move his hands after the trainers first reached him, but was able to open and close his fist as he was carted off the field.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said test results came back negative, but the team won't know how long he might be out until after Mobley sees a specialist.

"At least the signs are good right now," Shanahan said. "There is swelling around the spinal column. All the tests are very positive right now, but right now we'll have to wait and see."

The news was good, but the Broncos were still having a hard time dealing with seeing a friend and teammate motionless on the field.

"It was a tough time for our football team," said Broncos linebacker Al Wilson, who had a few words for Mobley before he was carted off. "That's the scariest thing I've ever been through on the football field, and I've been playing this game for a long time."

Added Shannon Sharpe:

"You see a car wreck, you don't stop driving, you don't say, 'I'm going to get out of my car and walk to work.' You pass by, you look at it and say, 'I hope everybody's OK,' and you continue on your way. That's the approach you have to have.

"You don't try to minimize the situation ... but you realize they're going to blow the whistle and start playing again."


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