Chandler Zavala, a guard for the Carolina Panthers, was discharged from the hospital and made the journey back with his team after being taken off the field on a cart due to a neck injury in the first quarter of their game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The new player was hurt during a rushing play and the medical team took precautions by using a brace to support his neck. He was then placed on a backboard and transported on a cart. Zavala was brought to a hospital, where he was conscious and had full mobility in all limbs.
After the 42-24 victory by Detroit, Panthers coach Frank Reich stated that it was most likely a harmful injury, but our team of medical professionals will always take necessary measures to ensure the safety of our players.
The players of Carolina moved away from the sidelines to gather around their teammate who was injured, forming a circle around the cart until Zavala was taken off the field.
The Lions departed their designated area to show their backing for Zavala, who received cheers from the audience as he was escorted for additional examination.
Zavala signaled approval as he was transported off the field.
The Panthers selected Zavala in the fourth round from North Carolina State.
Nash Jensen, a rookie who went undrafted from North Dakota State, stepped in to play left guard in place of Zavala.