De’Vante Bausby “couldn’t move” for 30 minutes after hit

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He’s fine now, but the moments after a collision with a teammate were frightening for Broncos cornerback De’Vante Bausby.

Via Jeff Legwold of, Bausby said he “couldn’t move” for 30 minutes after the hit, which required him to be taken off the field on a backboard.

Asked Tuesday if he was afraid during the process, Bausby went through the details fairly casually, for a guy talking about possible paralysis.

“Little bit, . . . I was never unconscious, I just couldn’t move, but I was still talking and everything,” he said. “The doc, the neurologist said I was going to be fine and I just trusted that, and after about 30 minutes I was able to wiggle my toes and after a couple hours I was able to regain full mobility so I was straight, I was fine. . . .

“They said I was paralyzed for 30 minutes, after 30 minutes I could wiggle my toes and after two hours I could move everything else.”

Despite that, he said he was eager to return to the field.

“Strengthen my (neck) muscles again and I’ll be good to go,” Bausby said.

Bausby was injured while tackling Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, when he collided with teammate Alexander Johnson. The team’s medical staff quickly removed his facemask, stabilized him, and he was rushed to Los Angeles Trauma Center.

There, he was tested, and cleared quickly enough to make the team plane home.

“I was just happy [to return with the team],” Bausby said. “I was ready to get up out of there . . . Los Angeles Trauma Center, I was ready to get up out of there, happy to rejoin my team on the plane ride back here . . . I was just calm and I just trusted what the doc was saying.”

He’s expected to miss some time (as one does when paralyzed for a half-hour), but coach Vic Fangio said there was no timetable for his return.

7 responses to “De’Vante Bausby “couldn’t move” for 30 minutes after hit

  1. Such extreme concussions ought to have a mandatory minimum absence from all contact activity with no reduction of a roster spot, like IR.

  2. A man tells you that for 30 minutes he wasn’t able to move and a reporter really believed “were you afraid” was the best question to ask?

    I give him all props for giving the response he gave.

  3. A great kid who was just starting to show up. I know most of us Bronco Fans were glad that he is ok. According to PFF they have him at 69 pts in limited action. We forget how hard football can be – it was a freak accident when his own teamate hit him.

  4. Good for Bausby. The collision looked awful. His having to play his way back into the NFL through the AAFL, and then beating out a high pick for the starting job was a good story for him, and I hope he continues to excel (and stay healthy!) in his future career.

  5. This does not sound good at all. It is surprising that the doctors could know that he would recover use of his limbs and how long it would take. I wonder if it is time to consider retirement? Maybe the next one will be permanent.

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