Detroit Lions get good news on Saivion Smith


Foxborough, Mass. — Two plays into his first start as a member of the Detroit Lions, defensive back Saivion Smith had to be taken off the field at Gillette stadium by ambulance, strapped to a backboard. Fortunately, the player had movement in all his extremities after testing at a local hospital and the team hoped to have him fly home.

“He’s got full motor skills, so we’re going to try to get him back on the plane so he can come home,” coach Dan Campbell said. “That’s good news.”

Lions cornerback Saivion Smith, lying on a stretcher, is loaded into an ambulance during the first half Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

On the play where he suffered the injury, Smith went down after getting tangled with Patriots tight end Hunter Henry near the line of scrimmage. It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how Smith was injured. Smith’s father and a second family member were able to come on to the field and ride in the ambulance with Smith.

Play was stopped for more than nine minutes while staff tended to Smith.


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