Kylin Hill, Jonathan Ward carted off after collision on kickoff return

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The NFL has tinkered with kickoff rules to try to make the play safer. The league can use a Cardinals’ kickoff after a touchdown in the third quarter as Exhibit A.

The Cardinals scored on a 2-yard run by James Conner with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter to draw within 17-14.

But on the ensuing kickoff from Matt Prater, Kylin Hill returned it from 4 yards deep in the end zone. Jonathan Ward stuck his helmet into Hill’s lower legs, injuring both players in a scary collision at the 9-yard line.

Hill got onto a cart, and the Packers have ruled him out with a knee injury.

Ward, who appeared briefly knocked out, remained down for a few minutes as the team’s medical personnel cut off his facemask and strapped him onto a backboard. He gave a thumb’s up as he was carted to the training room.

The entire Cardinals team circled the cart to wish Ward well before he left the field.

The Cardinals announced Ward is being evaluated for a concussion and a neck injury, but he does have movement in his extremities.

5 responses to “Kylin Hill, Jonathan Ward carted off after collision on kickoff return

  1. Green Bay should never take the ball out of the end zone on kick-offs. I repeat. Hope both these players are okay.

  2. There seems to be an illegal block called on just about every kick return, which backs the receiving team deep into their own territory. A touchback puts the ball on the 25, with no chance of an injury. Seems like a dumb risk, with no reward.

  3. 99% of the time it’s a touchback might as well give the ball to each team at the 25 or go back to the 20 yard line no kickoffs

  4. That was one of the most brutal collisions I have seen in over 60 years of watching the NFL.

  5. I don’t understand why in the world he brought that particular kick out of the end zone. I’m sure the special teams coach had the same reaction. As it was happening, I was like “what are you doing?”. I feel bad for both guys because it’s two bad injuries that should never have happened.

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