The NFL world was left holding its breath on Monday after Oakland Raiders star Gareon Conley suffered a scary injury against the Denver Broncos.
Conley was attempting to make a tackle during the third quarter when teammate Johnathan Abraham fell on tip of him.
Abraham’s body came down straight on top of Conley’s head, compressing his neck.
Conley instantly appeared in pain, grabbing his head with both hands, and remained down and still on the field while the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum fell quiet.
Medical staff evaluated Conley for quite some time before loading him onto a stretcher to take him off the field.
The 24-year-old did wave briefly and gave out a few high fives as he was loaded into the cart on a spinal board.
"He's going to be OK,” Raiders coach John Gruden said post-game.
“All reports are very, very positive."
Raiders and Broncos players were both shaken up by the scary incident, and fans took to social media with well wishes.
That Conley injury looks terrifying.— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) September 10, 2019
What’s really scary about the Gareon Conley situation is he got hit in the back of his head. Can cause catastrophic injuries.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 10, 2019
Gareon Conley being placed on a backboard to be stretched off the field. Broncos and Raiders players are crowding around, many on one knee.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 10, 2019
Gareon Conley made it through all of training camp healthy for a change. And this. Hopefully it's one of those precautionary things that's not as bad as it looks. #Raiders— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) September 10, 2019
Gareon Conley's gonna be carted off the field. Scary stuff. Hope he's ok. pic.twitter.com/k4LlmmUITu— #BOOMIN (@ftbeard_17) September 10, 2019
Hope Gareon Conley is okay 🙏 pic.twitter.com/2HZPrVdbkV— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) September 10, 2019
Conley is in his third season in the league, and was selected by the Raiders with their first round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
He recorded 47 total tackles and three interceptions and one touchdown last season.