Injuries continue to make their unfortunate presence felt. This time, it was Cade Johnson who went down in the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson is a third-year pro who came into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2021 following his career at South Dakota State.
A Seahawks player being taken off the field head and neck immobilized, strapped to a stretcher taking into the tunnel where an ambulance parks during games. Tyler Lockett and Noah Fant walking with him pic.twitter.com/Nie9i4Gqlv— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 11, 2023
The Seattle Seahawks Twitter account and local media reports that he is headed to the hospital for further evaluation as a precautionary measure. He is in stable condition, which is encouraging.
Cade Johnson is being transported to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution for head and neck injuries. He's in stable condition.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) August 11, 2023
Prayers are up for him.
Cade Johnson headed to Harborview for head and neck injuries. He is in stable condition #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronLevine_) August 11, 2023
The exact nature of his injury is a mystery at the moment, but it likely occurred when he took a big hit in the second quarter.
Cade's last time touching the ball was a kickoff return in the second quarter with about 11 minutes left. Took a hard fall, but was able to get up and keep playing. Was take into the tent later, around 4 min mark— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) August 11, 2023
We will all be wishing for Johnson to make a swift and full recovery. Injuries are frustrating at best and terrifying at worst, so hopefully it is more the former and not the latter. His teammates expressed concern and showed support in the moment; according to Gregg Bell of the News Tribune:
Lockett, who like 15 other regular Seahawks starters was not playing Thursday, then jogged to the team’s locker room and returned a moment later. He appeared to be holding a mobile phone or similar device. He and Noah Fant then walked with Johnson as medical assistants pushed him on the wheeled stretcher to the tunnel in the southeast corner of the stadium. That’s where an ambulance parks during Seahawks home games.