Patriots' Isaiah Bolden to remain hospitalized overnight
The Patriots and Packers had their preseason game Saturday night suspended early in the fourth quarter
after New England rookie cornerback Isaiah Bolden absorbed a hit from a teammate that led to him being immobilized, placed on a stretcher and carted off the field.
The Patriots said Bolden had "feeling in all his extremities" but will remain hospitalized in the Green Bay area overnight for observation.
The team plans an update on his condition by 8 a.m. on Sunday.
"We're all saying a prayer for Isaiah," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "Appreciate the way the league handled it. I think that was the right thing to do."
With 10:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, referee John Hussey announced to the crowd at Lambeau Field: "At the agreement of both head coaches and team leadership,
we have elected to suspend play for the evening. The game is officially over."
Belichick said the injury put things in perspective, adding: "We're all very fortunate."
Packers coach Matt LaFleur called it "a very scary ending to the game" and said he agreed with the decision to call it.
The Patriots, who practiced with the Packers on Wednesday and Thursday, were leading 21-17 at the time.
Bolden was covering a slant pass toward the inside part of the field and collided with teammate Calvin Munson.
He remained down on the ground, and as medical personnel arrived, the entire Patriots team ultimately gathered on the field and knelt nearby.
Packers rookie receiver Malik Heath, who caught the pass on the play, said he didn't realize exactly what happened until the play was over.
He then realized the injured player was Bolden, whom he knows from their college days. Heath is from Jackson, Mississippi, the same town where Bolden went to college at Jackson Sta
"I know him, so I didn't want to finish [the game]," Heath said. "I felt bad, too. It was a good thing we didn't finish it. It was scary, too. That could've happened to me on the h
Captain Matthew Slater, the Patriots' longest-tenured player, led players in a prayer. Slater was later seen speaking with Belichick and LaFleur on the field.
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