Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Hospitalized With Head/Neck Injury

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers endured a 31-14 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, but the disappointing Wildcard Round playoff exit was overshadowed by a frightening injury late in the game. Wide receiver Russell Gage was hospitalized with a neck injury and a concussion following a collision in the fourth quarter. Gage absorbed a crunching hit from Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson in the fourth quarter with the game already out of reach. Gage was braced and carted off the field before being transferred to a local hospital, where he remained overnight for observation. Thankfully, he appears to have movement in all extremities. He will continue to undergo testing today.

Gage joined the Buccaneers in free agency before the 2022 season on a three-year, $30 million contract. He nabbed 51 receptions for 426 yards and five touchdowns in 13 appearances this season, serving largely as the team's third wide receiver. Given his injury and the Bucs' uncertain situation as quarterback Tom Brady approaches free agency, his future with the team could be in doubt. 

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