The ultimate wild-card spherical sport of the season between the Rams and Cardinals took a daunting flip late in the third quarter. Cardinals security Budda Baker was knocked unconscious after taking a blow to the top and wanted to be carted off the field.
Baker went down after tackling Rams operating again Cam Akers, taking a shoulder to the facet of the top. His Arizona teammates instantly noticed he wasn’t acutely aware and signaled for trainers to return onto the field.
Baker may very well be seen transferring his arms earlier than the cart left for the locker room. He was identified with a concussion and dominated out for the rest of the sport, with the Cardinals announcing via Twitter that he maintained feeling and motion in all of his extremities.
Akers may very well be seen making what seemed to be a taunting gesture towards Baker after the hit, although he doubtless was unaware of Baker’s injury. He later expressed concern for Baker as he was being tended to by medical workers, and urged teammates to take a knee, per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
Baker, 26, was a second-team All-Professional choice this yr and was chosen for the Professional Bowl for the fourth time in his profession. A second-round choice in 2017, Baker has spent his whole profession with Arizona. He recorded 4 tackles towards the Rams on Monday evening.
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