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Cardinals' Budda Baker out of hospital, 'doing good'

Field Level Media
19 Jan 2022, 06:55 GMT+10

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker was released from a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday, one day after he was involved in a scary on-field injury resulting from a head-on collision with Rams running back Cam Akers.

The Cardinals shared a picture over social media of Baker on a plane headed back to Arizona. He was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center earlier in the day.

Baker was taken off the field on a stretcher in the third quarter of Monday's NFC wild-card game at Inglewood, Calif., won by the Rams.

"Thank you for all the prayers. I am doing good," Baker said via social media.

With 1:45 remaining in the third quarter, Baker lowered his head to make an open-field tackle on Akers, who also lowered his head. After the players' helmets collided on the play, Baker did not get up from the turf and had limited movement as players gathered around him.

The fifth-year player, whom the Cardinals drafted in the second round in 2017, briefly raised his right hand to acknowledge the crowd before he was taken off the field.

The Cardinals announced about midway through the fourth quarter that Baker was being evaluated for a concussion and that he never lost feeling or movement in his extremities. As he was transported to a hospital, he was alert and communicative, according to a team spokesman.

The Rams were in control with a 28-8 lead at the time of Baker's injury. The 26-year-old had 98 tackles and three interceptions in the regular season and has 539 tackles with five interceptions in 78 career games (68 starts) with the Cardinals.

Baker has been named to the Pro Bowl four times, including this season, and has been an All-Pro selection two times.

--Field Level Media

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