Killings leaves on stretcher with neck injury after headfirst hit

Updated: September 24, 2007, 7:48 AM ET
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HOUSTON -- Houston Texans defensive tackle Cedric Killings left the field on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital on Sunday after a headfirst collision with Indianapolis receiver Roy Hall.

Texans spokesman Tony Wyllie said Killings would likely stay overnight at Houston's Methodist Hospital for further testing, but that he's moving his arms and legs.

Hall described the play.

"It was a normal special teams play, and I'm sure glad he's OK. I heard he was doing a lot better moving his arms and everything. It's one of those things that you hope nothing like that ever happens when you're designated to that job. It did this time, and luckily I just came out with a small shoulder injury."

Asked what if felt like, Hall said, "A crash, like a car crash. People describe big hits like a car crash."

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Killings, playing special teams, hit Hall on a block as Jerome Mathis was returning a kickoff in the second quarter. The Texans said Killings suffered a neck injury, but had feeling in his extremities.

"It's a scary part of football," said Houston coach Gary Kubiak. "Cedric is a great kid and we're just going to cross our fingers and say some prayers and hope everything is going to be all right."

Hall and Killings went down together and Hall walked slowly off the field with trainers helping him. Colts coach Tony Dungy said Hall suffered a shoulder injury.

Killings lay motionless as trainers attended to him and a stretcher was wheeled onto the field. Kubiak watched medical personnel strap Killings to the stretcher as players from both sides waited intently.

As he laid there and talked to us, he did move everything. He talked to me. His teammates called out to him from a distance and they don't know it, but he was respondent to them.

--Texans coach Gary Kubiak

Kubiak said Killings has a deep cut under his right eye. He was moving his arms and legs and speaking as he was being treated on the field, Kubiak said.

"Initially, he made a couple of comments that he couldn't feel down low," Kubiak said. "As he laid there and talked to us, he did move everything. He talked to me. His teammates called out to him from a distance and they don't know it, but he was respondent to them."

The 30-year-old Killings was cut by the Texans on Sept. 1, then re-signed on Sept. 14 to add depth to the defensive line when Travis Johnson injured his ankle.

"We all come out on this field and our intentions are to walk off the field at the end of the game," said Houston cornerback Dunta Robinson. "For him to be carried out on a stretcher, it was a scary situation."

In the season opener, the Buffalo Bills lost tight end Kevin Everett to a life-threatening spinal cord injury. Everett, however, is making a strong recovery and doctors expect he'll be able to walk again.

"You pray for these guys to recover," said Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. "You don't wish that on anybody."

Early in the second quarter Sunday, Houston running back Ahman Green left the game with a left knee sprain.

Green, Houston's leading rusher, caught a short pass and was tackled after a 9-yard gain by Colts safety Bob Sanders. Green hopped up, but limped off the field as trainers attended to him on the sideline.

Green hobbled to a training table behind the bench as Kris Brown kicked a 33-yard field goal to put the Texans up 10-7.

On Wednesday, the Texans said Green was limited at practice with a knee injury.

Samkon Gado replaced Green on the Texans' next offensive series. Green sat on the bench with ice wrapped around his left knee.

Houston rookie Jacoby Jones left in the third quarter after separating his left shoulder on a 74-yard punt return.

Jones is the Texans' leading kick returner and started for the first time on Sunday in place of Andre Johnson, who injured his left knee last week.

Late in the third quarter, Jones took a punt from Hunter Smith, weaved to midfield and sprinted down the sideline before Smith pushed him out of bounds. Jones got up holding his left shoulder and limped to the bench.

Trainers attended to Jones on the sideline before he went to the locker room for X-rays. Jones said after the game he was having an MRI exam on Monday.

Texans center Steve McKinney left with a sprained knee in the fourth quarter and was walking on crutches after the game.

ESPN.com's Matt Mosley and The Associated Press contributed to this report.