FLORHAM PARK, NJ – New York Jets security guard Cameron Clark was rushed to a local hospital in an ambulance after sustaining a neck injury towards the end of practice Tuesday.
Clark, a sophomore from Charlotte University, was motionless for several minutes after knocking down during an 11v11 period.
Medical staff rushed to him and quickly placed the 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman on a spineboard. He was carted from the field to a waiting ambulance. Seventeen minutes after the injury, Clark was transported to Morristown Medical Center.
Coach Robert Saleh did not reveal details and said the club will wait for further reviews before any information is released. He said Clark had “some” movement in his extremities.
When asked about his concern, Saleh said, “I’m an optimist. God willing, everything will be fine, but we’re waiting for the evaluation.”
Saleh broke off training early when the field grew quiet and players and medical staff were gathered around Clark. It wasn’t a public training session, but there were around 200 fans in attendance. The on-site team orthopedist was Elliott Hershman, a team doctor in 1992 when the late Dennis Byrd broke his neck in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s a scary situation when someone is carted off the field,” said quarterback Zach Wilson. “I just pray he’s fine.”
Clark, 23, a fourth round draft pick in 2020, saw no regular season action as a rookie. The organization called it a development year for Clark, slowed down by a shoulder injury. This season he went to training camp as a backup and fought for a place in the squad.
Saleh said he wasn’t sure how the injury came about.
“I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” he said. “It looked like he was kicking [out] in passport protection and then he was on the ground.
“It’s never good because football is disappearing right now. It’s about the person, his family, everyone in his life. That has priority right now. Football is just disappearing.”