Ghee sustains head injury

Published 12:03 am Sunday, August 29, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Cincinnati Bengals rookie cornerback Brandon Ghee was carted off the field after a violent helmet-to-helmet collision with Buffalo Bills running back Chad Simpson in a preseason game Saturday night.

Ghee lay motionless for several minutes before being able to sit up along the Bills sideline after he was hurt six minutes into the third quarter. Though groggy, he took a few steps toward the cart before being driven off the field.

The Bengals announced that Ghee sustained a head injury and had movement in both his arms and legs.

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Ghee is the team’s third-round draft pick out of Wake Forest.

The injury occurred when Ghee lowered his helmet in a bid to stop Simpson on a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1. Ghee dropped to the ground and lay there face-down as Bills trainers immediately attended to him.

Joined by Bengals trainers, medical officials were eventually able to turn Ghee over on his back and then have him sit up on his own.

An ambulance initially drove onto the field, but was turned away when Ghee began moving.

Bengals defensive players knelt at midfield in prayer, and teammates including receiver Chad Ochocinco and cornerback Adam Jones came across the field to watch and provide support.

Simpson also lay on the field briefly before getting up on his own and showing no signs of grogginess. Simpson eventually came over and tapped Ghee on the shoulder pad.

The Bengals later lost Jones, who hurt his neck late in the third quarter. Escorted by trainers, Jones slowly made his way off the field. The Bengals announced the cornerback would not return.