John Wolford carted off during Bucs-Jets preseason game after taking scary hit to head

Wolford was down for several minutes but managed to give a thumbs-up before he left the field on a stretcher.


Twice in three day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have watched a player get taken off the field after suffering a serious injury.

Russell Gage was lost for the season on Wednesday when after a 'severe' leg injury and third-string quarterback John Wolford was taken away on a stretcher after a scary hit in the third quarter of Saturday's preseason game.

Wolford was hit by Jets defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes, who then accidentally landed on the quarterback's head.

The hit was clean -- at least it wasn't flagged -- but the force of Wolford's head hitting the turf was what caused concern.

After being attended to for several minutes, Wolford was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

A potentially positive sign was Wolford giving. a thumbs up while the cart was leaving the field. It was a pretty emphatic and strong thumbs up at that, which seems to indicate the injury isn't as severe as it might have initially appeared.

Kyle Trask, who started the entire first half, re-entered the game to replace Wolford. Trask coming in over Baker Mayfield seems to indicate that the Bucs have made a decision on who the starting quarterback will be, but all attention at the position is focused on Wolford and what the status of his health is.

Wolford's signing was praised for adding veteran leadership and depth to the Bucs quarterback room. He was already looking like a valuable piece of the braintrust, but it's unclear what his injury means for his future with the team.