NFL stars Avonte Maddox and Jamaal Williams suffer huge head hits in the same game and are stretchered off strapped to backboards as concerned Packers and Eagles players watch on
- Wisconsin side runningback Williams lay motionless after suffering a late charge
- Philadelphia cornerback Avonte Maddox later smacked heads with a teammate
- Maddox has been taken to hospital as a precaution, no update on Williams so far
Last night’s Eagles vs Packers clash was rocked by nasty helmet-on-helmet collisions which saw two NFL stars stretchered off the field.
High-octane levels of contact dominated the match in Wisconsin from the opening when Greenbay star Jamaal Williams suffered a bruising late charge in the first quarter.
Worried spectators clasped their hands over their mouths as the runningback lay motionless on the grass while medics sprinted over.
This was followed by an equally brutal collision in the fourth when Philadelphia cornerback Avonte Maddox was brought down after smacking heads with a teammate.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams is carted off the field on a stretcher after being injured during the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia cornerback Avonte Maddox was brought down after smacking heads with a teammate
Jamaal Williams crunches into contact with Nigel Bradham moments before being brought down in a game-ending late charge
Avonte Maddox (left) brings down Robert Tonyan in the fourth, when he too was carted off after smashing heads with a teammate
Philadelphia Eagles staff reassured concerned fans last night, tweeting that Maddox has ‘movement in all extremities’ and has been taken to hospital as a precaution.
No update on Williams’s condition has yet been received.
The 24-year-old had been passed the ball in the Packers’ first play of the match when he was swarmed by Eagles defenders.
But suddenly defensive end Derek Barnett clattered into Williams in a helmet-on helmet hit.
The Wisconsin man’s body appeared to clam up and he rocked forward on to the grass where he sprawled motionless.
Worried spectators clasped their hands over their mouths as the runningback lay motionless on the grass as medics sprinted on before carting him off
The referee immediately stopped the game as teammates circled the injured player with worry before medics rushed over
The referee immediately stopped the game as teammates circled the injured player with worry before medics rushed over.
Barnett was reprimanded for unnecessary charging his opponent, but was not sent off.
The savage tackle infuriated NFL fans, with many venting their concern for players welfare on social media.
In a post which has been shared thousands of times, Abdul Menon tweeted: ‘Derek Barnett needs to suspended immediately for this vicious, dirty, and UNNECESSARY hit. Sending a prayer to Jamaal Williams.’
Philadelphia Eagles staff reassured concerned fans last night, tweeting that cornerback Maddox (pictured) has ‘movement in all extremities’ and has been taken to hospital as a precaution
Yet the bruising hits persisted and in the fourth saw Maddox carted off the field on a backboard.
Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo had flew up off the line to tackle a Packers runner, but missed his target and instead wiped out his own man.
Maddox was knocked off his feet and lay limp while medics treated him.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led the show of support to the injured Eagles player, tweeting: ‘Praying for Avonte Maddox.’
Eagles won the match on Packers turf 34-27.
No update on Williams’ condition has yet been received. Pictured: warming up before a game in August