Seattle Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor appeared to suffer a serious injury Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Taylor suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the tight game. He was down for a while and the Seahawks medical personnel called for the cart to take him off the field. Taylor’s head and neck were stabilized and he was placed on a backboard as players from both teams gathered around him.
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In the midst of the seriousness on the field, Steelers fans were apparently doing the wave at Heinz Field while trainers attended to Taylor. Those who were at the stadium saw the moment and apparently, players tried to get fans to realize what was happening on the field.
Taylor, 24, was a second-round pick of the Seahawks in the 2020 draft. He was a standout pass rusher at Tennessee where he finished in the top five in sacks in the SEC twice. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list and wasn’t activated before the end of the season.
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He played in each of the team’s five games this season. He came into Sunday with four sacks, a forced fumbles and 12 total tackles.
NBC’s Michelle Tafoya said Taylor was moving all of his extremities and was on his way to the hospital.
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The game was tied 17-17 heading into the 2-minute warning. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell would nail a long field goal to put the Steelers up three points with 1:29 to go in the game.
Seahawks would tie the game, but lose in overtime 23-20.