Wide Receiver, Ricardo Lockette was carried off AT&T Stadium in Dallas on a stretcher, after taking a head-collusion with free safety, Jeff Heath near the 50-yard line on a Seahawks punt. Lockette appeared not to be moving after the hit, but on the cart television cameras showed him forming an ‘L’ with his right hand, which is the player signal for ‘Legion of Boom’ and its other meaning ‘Love Our Brothers’, reported seahawks.com.
Ricardo underwent successful neck surgery in Dallas, due to ligament damage in his neck, on September 2nd. He is currently expected to remain in the hospital for a few days as he recovers. Coach Carroll said that Lockette would not play again this season, but informed everyone that Lockette will be up and moving as soon as tomorrow. “I did talk to his dad before surgery, and he’s in good spirits and all that and ready to help him get right and turn the corner on his recovery, get him going,” Carroll said. “The emotional part of losing one of our guys and knowing that he has to go through a major surgery and all that, it’s just very personal to us, and that’s all.”
“He’ll stay here overnight,” Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll said after they won, 13-12. “He was clearing for the concussion stuff in terms of scans and stuff, but they’ve got some other tests to do here. We’ll figure it out. He had a sore neck and we’ll figure out what that all means, but we’re grateful that he was able to bounce out from that and be pretty positive about it right now as we hear from him.” According to ESPN, Carroll also said that this was a “hugely emotional” moment for the Seahawks. “What stood out the most was the love that was coming from his teammates,” Carroll added. “It was so obvious that they were so emotional about it. He’s a great kid and he’s been with us a long time and everybody loves the heck out of him. He’s down there cheering them on while he’s all curled up and all. The outpouring of emotions from our guys to him in trying to handle the moment, they were so emotional about it and we gained control and did it and went to halftime and came back out and played a good football game, finished it and really we dedicate that to him.”
Doug Baldwin, one of Lockette’s closest friends, was also very worried and wanted to know if his fellow wideout would make it back on the field any time soon. “He’s a very loved player in our locker room, and he’s extremely tough,” Baldwin said. “He’s one of the toughest guys on our team, so for him to be down on the ground, you knew it was something serious. For them to have to call the cart out, that just doesn’t happen to him.”
Thebiglead.com says that Earl Thomas, free saftey also had some words to say, “All I could say was, ‘My heart is with you.’ You see him kind of tear up, and it’s like the connection is there. You’re near him, it’s like, dang, this game is so violent, man. We’ve got to be grateful.”
There was also some drama on the field, Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was furious sunday night, wrote nesn.com. Marcus Sullivan, a college wide receive, tweeted out, ‘#DezBryant after the #Seahawks #RicardoLockette was knocked out of the game “That’s What The F He gets” smh!’
“I won’t ever, ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that’s been knocked down,” Bryant told a horde of reporters, according to ESPN’s Jean-Jacques Taylor. “C’mon, man. Stop with the bulls–. Not once did I say ‘that’s what you get.’ I got on one knee and prayed for that man.”
Dez Bryant denies talking trash to Ricardo Lockette and Dallas Cowboys players defended him on it, reported nesn.com.
Many of Seattle’s players Tweeted out to Ricardo Lockette, wishing him luck.
‘What a Game!!! Great Team Win… #prayers for @ricardolockette #warrior #Seahawks’ Tweeted Kam Chancellor, Strong Safety.
‘Unbelievable team win! Praying for one of the best teammates a group of men could ask for @RicardoLockette
We love you bro! ’ Tweeted Russell Wilson, QB.
‘Outstanding team effort by our guys today!
Sending our thoughts & prayers out to @RicardoLockette as he stays behind in Dallas. #LOB’ Tweeted Pete Carroll, Coach.
‘Praying for my guy @RicardoLockette … Please keep him in your thoughts’ Tweeted Richard Sherman, Cornerback.
‘Pray for my bother @RicardoLockette’ Tweeted Doug Baldwin, Wide Receiver.
‘Everybody’s prayers up for our brother @RicardoLockette’ Tweeted Jimmy Graham, Tight End.
‘Prayers to @RicardoLockette. Get well brother we pulling for u’ Tweeted Bruce Irvin, Linebacker.
‘Great team win! Prayers up for my bro Ricardo! Love you bro! @RicardoLockette’ Tweeted Tyler Lockett, Wide Receiver.
Several other players from various teams tweeted and wished him prayers.