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RB Goodson suffers neck injury, taken to hospital

By Jerry McDonald and Steve Corkran

NAPA — Raiders running back Mike Goodson was taken from the field by ambulance Tuesday following a hit delivered by linebacker Philip Wheeler.

“Mike Goodson had a neck injury; we’re not sure of the extent of it right now,” coach Dennis Allen said after practice. “He did have feeling in his extremities, which is good news. We’ll monitor that throughout the night.”

Goodson caught a short pass during an individual drill inside the 20-yard line, turned up field and was met by a crunching blow by Wheeler. The force of the hit knocked out Goodson’s mouth piece.

The running back was immediately tended to by Raiders trainer Rod Martin and the athletic training staff. His face mask was removed, and teammates Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones knelt down beside him as he was treated.

Wheeler said he didn’t think Goodson was hurt that bad initially.

“I thought he was going to get up,” Wheeler said. “He’s not a big dude. He’s kind of light. I just felt like as soon as I hit him, he fell, he was on the ground, and I didn’t think he was that bad off until he said something. He said something. I forgot what he said, that he couldn’t get up. That’s when I knew he was pretty bad.”

Wheeler and Allen said they intend to visit Goodson in the hospital. Wheeler said he sent Goodson a text, apologizing for the hit and letting him know that he is prayin for him, too.

General manager Reggie McKenzie came to the scene of the injury as practice carried on as usual down the field. Napa Valley Fire Department members arrived first, and an ambulance was driven on to the field once a tarp was cut free covering an entry gate at Redwood Middle School.

Medical personnel strapped Goodson to a board, his helmet still secure, and he was placed into the ambulance and taken to an undisclosed hospital. The procedure was normal and in accordance with potential injuries to the head and neck.

Quarterback Carson Palmer threw the ball to Goodson on the play in question. However, he said he did not see the end of the play because he was walking back to the huddle. He did hear the collision.

“I am just so disappointed for Mike because he had been doing so good in camp,” Palmer said right after practice. “He looked so explosive and so fast and everybody was getting excited for what he could do for our team. We’re all praying and hoping that it’s not serious.”

The hit by Wheeler was delivered with much more contact than the usual training camp hit, with players usually backing off after an initial hit rather than following through with full contact.

Goodson was enjoying an excellent training camp after arriving in a trade with the Carolina Panthers for offensive lineman Bruce Campbell.

With Jones out because of a hamstring injury, Goodson was getting more work than starter Darren McFadden, whom the Raiders are attempting to keep healthy for the regular season.

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Steve Corkran

  • Try Some Reality

    Get better, Mike.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    He’s OK.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Goodson is a very good player. He has a lot of facets to his game. This would be a big loss.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Wheeler is looking to prove himself on a new team.

    You gotta know when to let up though.

    Hope dude is ok.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    get well soon thoughts and prayers for ya man

  • PurpleDrank81

    Man this is terrible news. Goodson you are in my prayers we wish you a speedy recovery and hope it was just a scare more than anything. We mite be harsh fans sometimes but we love our team and our players….Get well Soon Big Guy

  • papertiger418

    Prayers are with you, Goodson! Hopefully this is like the DHB injury scare last year, and he makes a quick, full recovery. Good to hear that Wheeler’s apologized.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Chico,

    Munis with no interest?
    LMAO
    What’s the use of a muni with no coupon rate for 20 years?Btw, what is the coupon rate after 20 years?
    Don’t tell me they are revenue bonds too? lol

  • J Hill

    Unfortunate.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Jason La Canfora say’s Goodson is doing well and should be fine

  • PurpleDrank81

    Man that kind of ruined my day….

  • r8eray

    Bummer….I’m sure he’ll be released in the a.m., he’s just being kept overnight for observation.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Man that kind of ruined my day….
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    Don’t let it. Football is a violent game. Guys are going to get dinged.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Yea man but this team is like my everything…. Its kind of sad but you know when life aint going my way I just hop on the computer and look up my Raiders. I know those guys wouldnt know me from KK but when these guys get hurt it just kills me inside. Maybe because I got injured playing football or when growing up in the hood the Raiders were my scapegoat either way man I Love this Team and Love our Players.. I know I know time to change my Tampon but thats how I feel

  • J Hill

    Good to hear it was just a ding.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Broncos Fan on Espn laughing at Goodson and saying “Good and The Raiders Still Suck” Yea well thats the kind of stuff that would get a Bronco Fan put in the Hospital real quick…..

  • realtruraider

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/61278/agent-mike-goodson-doing-well
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    Sounds like he should be alright

  • PurpleDrank81

    Ughhh I hate the Bronco’s Fans…. The team I hate the most…

  • Raiders for life

    When Bush left alot of people were saying “No big deal, back up RB’s are a dime a dozen. The Raiders can pick up a cheap back easily as good as Bush” (go back and look at the archives from this blog)

    Now some are begging for 30 yr old Benson who no other team wants?

    I hope Goodson bounces back, I was just starting to like him.

  • Raiders for life

    16.PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    Broncos Fan on Espn laughing at Goodson and saying “Good and The Raiders Still Suck” Yea well thats the kind of stuff that would get a Bronco Fan put in the Hospital real quick…..

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    Watch them laugh when the same thing happens to thier prized QB.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    I’m praying for you to recover as soon as possible Goodson! Thanks for thee article Jer and Cork!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Post 20

    I feel the same way…. Who Knows Maybe Wheeler Lays The Hit

  • Raiders for life

    Amber Goodson ‏@ihurdle19
    Thanks for the prayers! Just got an update that he is fine and they had to take very careful percussions to be safe.

  • Try Some Reality

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    Broncos Fan on Espn laughing at Goodson and saying “Good and The Raiders Still Suck” Yea well thats the kind of stuff that would get a Bronco Fan put in the Hospital real quick…..

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    Idiot fans are everywhere, unfortunately. Even in our own backyard. ESPN tends to attract the worst. That being said, these are the same fans that hurled snowballs at our players many years ago. But then, they claim we hurled batteries at them. ???

  • PurpleDrank81

    Very True

  • realtruraider

    Sounds like Wheeler and Goody both have ben doing good things in training camp, I think both of these guys will play a big part in our success this year and hopefully beyond

  • Raiders for life

    I like to see the big hits just like everyone, that’s football.
    I normally don’t like to see the season or career ending hits. But thanks to the donks fans I’m officially putting a target on the back of Manning, Rivers and Cassell.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Im putting the target on Bronco’s Fans…… Let’s make this interesting

  • Raiders for life

    Im putting the target on Bronco’s Fans…… Let’s make this interesting

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    Dang Purp, your on your own bro….
    I’ll leave it up to the players.
    Sorry.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Yeaaa man Im just not in a good mood today

  • Thec

    Amber Goodson‏@ihurdle19

    Thanks for the prayers! Just got an update that he is fine and they had to take very careful percussions to be safe. #GodIsGood

    Retweeted by Steve Corkran
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    25mTim Kawakami‏@timkawakami

    RT @VicTafur Mike Goodson’s agent, Kennard McGuire, told ESPN his client is doing fine and that he was taken to the hospital as a precaution

  • PurpleDrank81

    Thec…… I owe you a beer man… Unfortunately at work I havent had the time to check twitter like i want too..You Sir are a Life Saver

  • Thec

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    Thec…… I owe you a beer man… Unfortunately at work I havent had the time to check twitter like i want too..You Sir are a Life Saver

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    No worries Bruh…1 NATION

  • realtruraider

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    From Raiders: Goodson’s CT scan & magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test were negative. He has returned to team’s training-camp headquarters
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    Great news!

  • Raiders for life

    Purp,
    I don’t think any Raider fan is in that great of a mood today.
    DWOW hammie, McGee Hammie, Seymore had a tree fall on him or some sht. T.Jones Hammie. Lechler all gimped up. Now Goodson gets his bell rung by his own team.

    I think we all have just a tad higher expectation from the Raiders this year. Not sure why. New Regime maybe? Alot of things happening.

  • Raiders for life

    34.realtruraider Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 7:59 pm
    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    From Raiders: Goodson’s CT scan & magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test were negative. He has returned to team’s training-camp headquarters
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    Great news!

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    ucking eh!!!! Wanna see him burn some plowboys Monday.