Russell Gage was carted off the field with just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of the Wild Card matchup against the Cowboys. Gage struggled to get up from the ground and was unable to do so.
The medical team brought out the cart and got Gage on a spine-protective backboard to take him off the field.
Players from both sides kneeling in prayer/support before Bucs WR Russell Gage Jr. is strapped to backboard pic.twitter.com/knfLKvxK5t— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) January 17, 2023
Brianna Dix from the Buccaneers’ official website tweeted an update from head coach Todd Bowles following the game.
HC Todd Bowles says Russell Gage Jr. has been taken to the hospital. Suffered a concussion and is being evaluated for a neck injury. Has movement in his extremities— Brianna Dix (@briannadixNFL) January 17, 2023
Movement in his extremities is good news. On Tuesday morning, the Buccaneers released a statement confirming that Gage stayed in the hospital overnight for testing and observation, and that he will undergo additional testing on Tuesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Gage tweeted an update on his condition and thanked everyone for their concern and prayers.
I appreciate all of the texts, calls, thoughts and prayers you all have expressed towards my family and I. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing great and in great spirits!— Russell Gage Jr. (@GageRussell) January 17, 2023
Gage spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, where he developed into a key part of the offensive attack, far outplaying his sixth-round draft status. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the 2022 season, and had 51 catches for 426 yards and five touchdowns over 13 games this season.
We are all wishing Gage the very best and hoping this injury isn’t nearly as bad as it looked.