Monday, October 27, 2003
Coach says linebacker has swelling in spinal column
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
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
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."