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CRAWFORD | Update: Mauldin diagnosed with concussion, remains hospitalized

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Jets rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin is carted off after suffering a concussion in his NFL opener. (AP photo) Jets rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin is carted off after suffering a concussion in his NFL opener. (AP photo)
Trainers and medical personnel evaluate Lorenzo Mauldin, who was unresponsive on the field after suffering a concussion Sunday. (AP photo) Trainers and medical personnel evaluate Lorenzo Mauldin, who was unresponsive on the field after suffering a concussion Sunday. (AP photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Lorenzo Mauldin, a former University of Louisville football captain in his first season as a linebacker for the New York Jets, suffered what sources close to him in Louisville have described as a serious concussion going after a fumble in the fourth quarter of his first NFL game Sunday.

Mauldin sacked Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and forced a fumble, but then appeared to injure his head or neck during a scramble for the ball, during which a number of players fell on his head.

Mauldin was taken to a hospital, where sources say he can move his extremities, but was initially in and out of consciousness. Tests on his head and spine came back with good news, they said, and the New York Daily News is reporting that Mauldin will spend the night in the hospital as doctors evaluate him further.

Mauldin tried to get to his feet after the play, then collapsed to the turf.

As trainers and medical personnel worked with Mauldin, teammates surrounded him, some on one knee, praying. He was immobilized, placed onto a spinal board and carted off the field in front of a silent MetLife Stadium crowd. He was down for about five minutes before being carted off.

Calvin Pryor, a former teammate of Mauldin's at Louisville, described the tense scene speaking with reporters after the game.

"He was breathing and had a pulse, but he wasn’t really responding," Pryor said. "He had his eyes closed.”

"I was really scared," wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. "I saw him get up and try to take a couple of steps and he just collapsed right in front of me. It was scary."

Jets coach Todd Bowles said it was a scary moment, seeing Mauldin show very little movement after collapsing.

"That's tough, because that's your player," Bowles said. "He just came back from an injury, and he was working hard getting back. He got back to play in the opener. he was running around doing some good things, and for him to go down like that, at first your heart goes out to him and his family. After that, it goes out to the teammates. You hope he's just not seriously hurt."

The Newark Star-Ledger has more reaction from players and coaches reacting to the sobering scene.

Mauldin was one of the most popular players in recent U of L football history. HIs life story -- having lived in more than a dozen foster homes while growing up -- captured national headlines, and his tearful conference call with reporters after being drafted by New York in the third round made for a memorable story.

After suffering a knee injury in late August, he'd worked hard in rehab to be ready to play in the first game.

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