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Bears’ Brandon Hardin stretchered off the field

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Bears rookie safety Brandon Hardin was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering what appeared to be a neck injury in the third quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game.

Hardin lowered his head and led with his helmet in tackling Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen, and on the impact he dropped to the ground and did not get up. Hardin was down on the ground for several minutes being attended to by the medical staff. Eventually a stretcher and a cart were brought out, and Hardin was taken off the field.

It was a very good sign that Hardin raised his hands and gave a thumbs-up as he was being carted off the field.

The Bears drafted Hardin in the third round even though he missed his entire senior season at Oregon State last year with a shoulder injury. Everyone in Chicago is hoping that Hardin’s recovery from this injury comes more quickly.

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12 Responses to “Bears’ Brandon Hardin stretchered off the field”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 18, 2012 10:19 PM

    Hope it’s not terribly serious. That would be such a shame.

  2. maximusprime107 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:22 PM

    I never like seeing these things happen, but it can be easily avoided. I have a hard time feeling sorry for players who injure themselves because they lowered their head to make a tackle. I saw a commercial just today on NFL Network that the NFL was teaching USA Football (youth football) players how to tackle, someone needs to teach these pros how to tackle

  3. brizzle059 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:39 PM

    man after watching my hawks do this to Knox I never want to see this happen again. I hope they both fully recover.

  4. chi01town says: Aug 18, 2012 10:40 PM

    Im I the ONLY ONE that seen the Chicago Bears starting offense? 5 plays 81 yards Cutler looked unstopable… The Bears are ready
    Bear Down

  5. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 18, 2012 10:50 PM

    Maximus…I guess you do everything perfect, each and every time? No mistakes…ever? Not even once?
    Yeah, football players shouldn’t lead with their heads on tackles. That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve sympathy if they are injured.

  6. papalurchdxb says: Aug 18, 2012 11:10 PM

    ok, you have sympathy for him getting hurt, but stupid is as stupid does. Until the coaches teach these guys to tackle properly, serious and avoidable injuries will occur. Why lead with the most vulnerable part of your body? You lead and drive with your shoulder and get your arms around the guy.

    Rugby players have been tackling properly for generations, without all of the girly padding, and you do not see the consistent career threatening injuries bourne out of ignorance of the risks players expose themselves to in the NFL.

  7. stevenfbrackett says: Aug 18, 2012 11:53 PM

    I want Hardin to be okay. I also want him fined so he never does anything so stupid again.

  8. mythdud says: Aug 19, 2012 12:00 AM

    to Papalurchdxb – But in Rugby, they don’t have helmets. Without helmets we are much more likely to instinctively pull our heads back and do a fundamentally sound tackle. I think you can coach tackling all you want but the bottom line is that the helmet needs to redesigned so players don’t have that false sense of security when tackling…

  9. papalurchdxb says: Aug 19, 2012 12:36 AM

    to mythdud – true, the helmet adds to the comfort level, but the coaching reflects that perceived ‘security’ as well in not teaching, from junior levels, how to execute an effective tackle/block safely.

  10. Daniel Lawson says: Aug 19, 2012 1:30 AM

    He wasn’t leading with his helmet he thought the receiver was going to cut away and he was diving to trip him up… instead the receiver turned into him that’s what caused the issue

  11. chi01town says: Aug 19, 2012 9:52 AM

    This is the NFL an players get hurt. Hardin will be fine. The offensive fire power in CHICAGO is Todays topic… Cutler looked UNSTOPABLE
    with Marshall. First play was a 41 yard Cutler to Marshall hook up an from looking at that pre season game the NORTH aint ready for Chicago. Bear Down … An be afraid packers fans

  12. flickaboogie says: Aug 19, 2012 10:22 AM

    You see it every week when a player tries to make a tackle. Most don’t try to use their helmet but when the player being tackled makes a move it sometimes results in injury or a penalty unintentionally.

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