There was a scary scene at the San Francisco 49ers’ training camp on Tuesday when rookie linebacker Donavin Newsom collided with rookie safety Chanceller James.
Newsom took the worst of it with an injury to his head/neck area. The 49ers quickly released a statement regarding his status.
“San Francisco 49ers linebacker Donavin Newsom was transported to Stanford Medical Center following an injury sustained during practice earlier today. After evaluation, doctors determined Newsom has no cervical spine fractures, but did suffer a concussion. Newsom remains at Stanford Medical Center under observation.”
When moments like this one occur, it’s difficult to think about football. All that truly matters is the progress and well being of Newsom. Head coach Kyle Shanahan shed a little light on the situation and maintained the team will be in Newsom’s corner.
“His eyes were open, and he did have feeling in his hands,” Shanahan told NFL Network. “It always puts things in perspective.”
Veteran safety Eric Reid saw the collision happen and spoke to the media following practice.
“I was on the sideline,” Reid said. “I just saw the ball in the air. [Chanceller] and Donavin both broke on it. They just ran into each other. Obviously, Donavin got the worst of it. If I had to hope and pray, I’m just praying that it’s a concussion at the very least and nothing more serious than that.”
Newsom signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent after a successful career at Missouri. In five years, Newsom appeared in 48 career games for the Tigers and totaled 165 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Let’s wish Newsom well and a speedy recovery.