Orchard Park, NY — Dane Jackson was being evaluated for a neck injury Monday night at a local hospital after a horrifying collision with a teammate during Buffalo’s 41-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.
According to Biles, Jackson’s extremities are completely twitching, and he was having CT scans and X-rays at the Erie County Medical Center.
“Still waiting for word and obviously praying for Dane and all [the Bills’ injured players],” Coach Sean McDermott said after the game. “You go from the real part of it here; You go from being a coach to just being a human when I see him being loaded into an ambulance. It’s a real moment.”
The unintentional collision happened when Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmonds was making a second-down tackle on Titans wide receiver Treylon Burkes with less than a minute to go in the first half. Jackson’s head retracted after contact with Edmonds’ helmet.
“Definitely a tough game. Just saw the receiver still, just trying to finish the play,” Edmonds said. “A situation that, frankly, I didn’t do intentionally. I would never try to do something like that to my partner, but like I said… the receiver was still up, I was just trying to finish him on the field.” And unfortunately, I killed Dane.”
The game was delayed by about 10 minutes as the team’s coach turned to Jackson, who was shaking his legs. He was then put on a stretcher and carried through the tunnel of the stadium in an ambulance.
Teammates surrounded Jackson, as Edmonds lived nearby almost the entire time.
Edmonds said, “Just to see him walk, just give him a thumbs up when he’s out – obviously, it helped us a lot. … It put our mind at ease.”
McDermott said he had a moment to talk with Jackson in the Bills Tunnel before the ambulance left the stadium.
Jackson, a third-year player who started the season in place of an injured Tre’Davius White, made three tackles on Monday and recorded an interception in the Bills’ win over the Los Angeles Rams last week.
Following Jackson’s injury, rookie Christian Benford and the Cair alum replaced him. They were hanging out opposite Jackson to start the season.
Biles is a close friend of Safety Asphalt Hamlin Jackson and said that when the moment on the field was difficult, he received an encouraging response from Jackson.
Hamlin said, “It felt terrible. It felt like one of my brothers had fallen down.” “And with the seriousness of how it happened, it made it even more extreme. ‘Cause it didn’t seem like it [a] regular injury. But once I talked to him, once he told me he’s good on the field – we’ve got that kind of bond where he’ll tell me if there’s anything, so, I’m praying for him, and I Know that he’ll be fine.”
As for other Bills injuries, Micah Hyde was denied starting safety after suffering a neck injury late in the third quarter when Ryan Tanhill of Tennessee joined receiver Robert Woods. Hyde was screened on the field for a few minutes before walking under his own power and entering the blue medical tent.
Hyde was later driven off the field in the back of a car. Backup Jackson Johnson replaced him in the game.
“It was a weird game, wasn’t it,” said security Jordan Poyer. “I texted Micah, he said he was fine. Dane said he was fine too. Just praying for those guys.”
Bills center Mitch Morse missed a portion of the game with a right elbow injury, but was able to make a comeback. Linebacker Matt Milano (stinger) and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (hamstring) both left the game with injuries, with several backups coming at the same time. Wide receiver Gabe Davis missed Monday’s game with an ankle injury.
McDermott had no further updates about the Biles’ injuries.