Jets lineman Cameron Clark hospitalized, recovering after suffering spinal cord contusion

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New York Jets guard Cameron Clark was hospitalized on Tuesday after suffering a spinal-cord contusion at practice.

Clark is expected to make a full recovery, the team said Tuesday, but will remain in the hospital overnight.

"It's never good because football goes away at that moment," Jets coach Robert Saleh said. "It's about the person, his family, his mom and everything in his life. So that's what takes precedence at that moment. Football kind of goes away. You get empathy in the sense that we all have families. Everything's going to be good."

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Clark was hurt during a drill midway through their team practice Tuesday, and was down motionless on the ground when team doctors and medical personnel rushed over. It's unknown specifically what happened.

“I caught it out of the corner of my eye,” Saleh said. “It looked like he was kicking into protection and then he was on the ground.”

Clark was eventually stretchered off the field and taken directly to a hospital in an ambulance. Saleh told ESPN that Clark has “some” movement in his extremities, though Clark’s dad told ESPN that he “couldn’t feel his legs.” Those feelings returned in the ambulance ride to the hospital.

The team said that Clark suffered a spinal cord contusion, though it’s unclear how severe. Clark will remain hospitalized overnight for observation, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Clark, 23, is preparing to enter his second season in the league, after the Jets took him in the fourth round of the 2020 draft. He has yet to play in a regular-season game.

“It’s just a scary situation when someone is getting carted off the field,” Jets quarterback Zach Wilson said. “You just pray that he’s going to be all right. You hope God can just watch over him and everything he’s doing. It kind of just shocks everybody a little bit.”

Cameron Clark of the New York Jets
Cameron Clark initially "couldn't feel his legs" after going down in practice on Tuesday, but is expected to make a full recovery. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

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