Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Chargers RB Mike Tolbert had to be strapped to a backboard and taken by stretcher off the field after a nasty collision with two Bengals defenders left him facedown on the turf.
The play occurred with about 6 minutes to go in the first quarter when Tolbert took a handoff from Chargers QB Philip Rivers. He went around the left side of the line and met up with Bengals LB Dhani Jones and S Reggie Nelson. It appeared that Tolbert collided head-first with the side of Nelson’s helmet.
He fumbled the ball, and it was recovered by Bengals S Roy Williams.
He was on the turf for close to 10 minutes, before trainers wheeled him off the field. As he left, Tolbert briefly gave a thumbs-up with his right hand.
UPDATE (5:15 p.m.): Tolbert has a neck injury, but he's moving his arms and legs.
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