Rams’ Rodger Saffold leaves game on stretcher

Rams left tackle Rodger Saffold was taken out of Ford Field on a stretcher after suffering an apparent head or neck injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Lions.

Saffold was pass blocking on the play, and as he moved to the inside he ducked his head and the top of his helmet collided with the back of another player in the middle of the line. It didn’t look like a particularly hard hit, but Saffold fell down awkwardly and didn’t get back up.

The medical staffs of both teams surrounded Saffold on the ground for several minutes before he was placed on a stretcher, then placed on a cart and taken off the field.

The Rams said there was some sensation in Saffold’s extremities but gave no other updates on his condition.

UPDATE 5:03 p.m. ET: The Rams said after the game that they are encouraged by Saffold’s condition and he may be able to fly home with the team.