- Jones was rushed to a nearby hospital, after he reportedly was not moving
- This game comes nearly a year after three UVA players were killed in a shooting
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In an unfortunate turn of events, University of Virginia running back Perris Jones was carted off the field during a game against the University of Louisville on Thursday.
Jones caught a swing pass out of the backfield and rushed up field during the fourth quarter of a then-tied game against the Cardinals.
He lowered his head and made contact with the helmet of Louisville’s Cam’Ron Kelly.
Jones then fumbled the football, but it was recovered by Virginia’s Malik Washington who returned it all the way back for a touchdown.
However, the mood was immediately soured when attention turned to Jones and people realized he wasn’t moving.
Virginia running back Perris Jones (2) was injured in this head-to-head collision on Thursday
The game was halted and players from both sidelines huddled around Jones as he was helped
Jones was carted off the field and taken to a hospital – moving his eyes but no other body parts
Louisville staff began tending to him and Jones was eventually put on a backboard.
Both teams came off their sidelines ad huddled around the player – who got loaded up into a cart and was taken off the field after the game was halted for some time.
Later in the game, it was reported by ESPN that Jones had his eyes open and moving but he was not moving any other part of his body.
Jones was also taken to University of Louisville Hospital for further testing. A UVA spokesperson added that there wouldn’t be any more updates on his condition this evening.
That touchdown gave UVA the lead over the eleventh-ranked Cardinals by a score of 21-14. But they let the lead slip and Virginia lost 31-24.
This game comes nearly a year after three Virginia Cavaliers football players were killed in a shooting after returning to campus in Charlottesville, VA from a field trip to Washington, DC.