Buffalo Bills defensive back Taylor Rapp appeared to suffer a devastating injury Sunday night when the team faced the New York Jets.
Rapp suffered the injury in the second quarter. He collided with his teammate Taron Johnson as the two attempted to tackle Jets running back Breece Hall. Initially, the safety began to walk away from the play, but he fell near the sideline in pain.
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The game was stopped with about 1:18 left in the half as coaches and medical staff came out to check on him. Then an ambulance came to take him off the field. They loaded him on a board and put him in the back of the vehicle. He was moving his fingers as they loaded him into the ambulance.
The team said Rapp suffered a neck injury and would not return to the game. Johnson suffered a concussion on the play and was also ruled out.
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Rapp, 25, signed with the Bills in the offseason after beginning his career with the Los Angeles Rams. He was Micah Hyde’s backup on the roster.
Buffalo has suffered several injuries this season. Tre’Davious White, Matt Milano and Kaiir Elam were among the defensemen who were placed on IR this season.
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Entering Sunday’s game, Rapp recorded 25 tackles and a half-sack.