Cameron Clark leaves Jets apply in ambulance: ‘Scary’

Cameron Clark was carted off of Jets practice on Aug. 3, 2021.
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The Jets say Cameron Clark is expected to make “a full recovery” after practice ended in a somber and scary scene Tuesday when the backup offensive lineman was immobilized on a backboard and taken away from the team’s Florham Park training facility in an ambulance after suffering a spinal-cord contusion.

The 23-year-old Clark was being kept overnight at nearby Morristown Medical Center for further evaluation, the team announced later Tuesday.

“It’s never good, because football goes away at that moment,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said, before the prognosis was revealed. “It’s about the person, his family, his mom and everyone in his life. That’s what takes precedence at that moment, and so football just kind of goes away. You get empathy in the sense that we all have families.

“But I’m an optimist, and God willing, everything is going to be just fine.”

Clark was the Jets’ fourth-round pick in 2020 out of Charlotte, but he did not appear in any games. Saleh said was unsure how Clark’s injury occurred.

Cameron Clark was carted off of Jets practice on Aug. 3, 2021.
Cameron Clark was carted off of Jets practice on Aug. 3, 2021.
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“I saw it out of the corner of my eye, it looked like he was in protection and then he was on the ground,” Saleh said. “I’ll have to go to the tape and see exactly what happened.

“Like I said, we’ll wait for the evaluation. Our doctors were all available and they tended to him pretty quickly and did a nice job. … I was there to give him whatever I could, but for me, at that moment, it was about the doctors and him.”

The Jets had another quarter of 11-on-11 drills scheduled to run, but Saleh immediately cut practice short at that moment, saying “there was no point,” as a silence fell over the field while doctors attended to Clark.

Saleh and Jets GM Joe Douglas huddled on the field with the medical staff for several minutes after the session was halted.

“Man, it’s scary,” rookie quarterback Zach Wilson said after practice “We still don’t know what it is, obviously. But it’s just what it takes to get to this position and then just how that can change your life.

“We still don’t know how serious anything is, but you just feel for the dude. … You take every day and approach every play like it could be your last. … It’s just a scary situation when someone’s getting carted off the field. You just pray that he’s going to be all right. It just kind of shocks everybody, I’d say.”

Saleh said he’s gotten to know Clark “just a little bit” since taking over, but he praised the second-year lineman as a “tremendous” person with a great work ethic who is “very well-liked” in the locker room.

“The game is very important to him and he’d been moving in the right direction,” Saleh said. “Hopefully everything comes out good with these checkups, so we can get him back here.”