Mike Tolbert taken off on stretcher

Updated: December 26, 2010, 11:05 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CINCINNATI -- San Diego Chargers running back Mike Tolbert gave a thumbs-up sign as he was wheeled off the field following a hard hit against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tolbert was being tested for a neck injury, but could move his arms and legs.

Chargers coach Norv Turner said following San Diego's 34-20 loss that Tolbert had a sprained neck and shoulder and should be fine.

Tolbert took a handoff, put his head down and ran into safety Reggie Nelson's chest in the first quarter Sunday. He lost the ball -- Cincinnati recovered the fumble -- and remained face-down on the field, motionless, when the play ended.

Doctors carefully rolled him over onto a backboard, strapped him down and wheeled him off the field. Tolbert raised his right forearm and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd cheering him.

Tolbert finished the day with four carries for minus-2 yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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