‘I couldn’t move’ leonard Clears PRO­TO­COL

Bron­cos’ Bausby was par­a­lyzed for 30 min­utes

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den­ver bron­cos cor­ner­back De’vante Bausby told re­porters tues­day he couldn’t move for 30 min­utes af­ter a col­li­sion with a team­mate dur­ing sun­day’s game at the Los an­ge­les charg­ers.

“I was awake the whole time. I was never un­con­scious, I just couldn’t move, but I was still talk­ing and every­thing,” said bausby, who was put on a back­board and taken off by a cart af­ter a col­li­sion with line­backer Alexan­der John­son in the sec­ond quar­ter. “the doc said I would be fine and I just trusted him. af­ter 30 min­utes, I was able to wig­gle my toes and af­ter a cou­ple hours I gained full mo­bil­ity. so I was straight, I was fine.

“they said I was par­a­lyzed for the first 30 min­utes. Like I said, af­ter 30 min­utes I could wig­gle my toes and af­ter two hours I could move every­thing else.”

asked if it was a ter­ri­fy­ing 30 min­utes, bausby replied, “not re­ally ... be­cause I was able to talk, so I was just calm, just trusted what the doc was say­ing.”

bausby was taken to the Los an­ge­les trauma cen­ter, but af­ter sev­eral tests, he was cleared and al­lowed to fly home with the team sun­day evening.

Mike Klis of Kusa-tv in den­ver re­ported that the team will place bausby on in­jured re­serve and is sign­ing vet­eran cor­ner­back Coty Sens­abaugh.

Head coach Vic Fan­gio said Mon­day that bausby’s in­jury was a cer­vi­cal sprain.

“strengthen my (neck) mus­cles again and I’ll be good to go,” bausby said be­fore the re­port of him go­ing on Ir. “right now we’re just go­ing to take it re­ally slow. Just gain, get my strength back ... I don’t have a timetable, but hope­fully pretty soon. My plan is to come back and play though.”

Bills Trade zay JONES

the Oak­land raiders ac­quired buf­falo bills wide re­ceiver Zay Jones for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick, the teams an­nounced tues­day.

the raiders have needed help at wide re­ceiver in part be­cause of the de­par­ture of An­to­nio Brown be­fore the start of the reg­u­lar season, and with Tyrell Wil­liams (foot) and J.J. Nel­son (knee) out with in­juries.

the bills drafted Jones in the sec­ond round (37th over­all) out of east car­olina in 2017. He played in 31 of buf­falo’s 32 games over the previous two sea­sons, mak­ing 25 starts. He started 15 of 16 games last season, fin­ish­ing with 56 catches for 652 yards and seven touch­downs. Jones has seven catches for 69 yards this season, all posted in buf­falo’s first four games.

Cy­prien last One game

Vet­eran safety Johnathan Cy­prien’s ten­ure with the at­lanta Fal­cons lasted just one game, as the team placed him on in­jured re­serve tues­day with an undis­closed in­jury.

cy­prien, who missed all of 2018 with a torn acl, was ac­quired from Philadel­phia on sept. 30 in a trade that sent line­backer Duke Ri­ley to the ea­gles.

cy­prien, 29, had two tack­les in his at­lanta de­but in sun­day’s 53-32 loss against the Hous­ton tex­ans.

Tom­lin ‘NOT wor­ried’

Pitts­burgh steel­ers head coach Mike Tom­lin told re­porters tues­day he’s not con­cerned with ru­mours about the Wash­ing­ton red­skins’ in­ter­est in hir­ing him as their next head coach.

“I’m not wor­ried about that, to be quite hon­est with you,” tom­lin said at his news con­fer­ence. “you were the first per­son to men­tion it to me in a pub­lic set­ting.”

asked what his re­ac­tion was in a pri­vate set­ting, tom­lin replied, “about the same I’m giv­ing you. Guys, I’m the head coach of a 1-4 foot­ball team that’s go­ing on the road to play a Hall of Fame-cal­iber quar­ter­back with my third quar­ter­back. you think I’m wor­ried about any­thing this week other than that?”

espn re­ported Mon­day af­ter Wash­ing­ton fired head coach Jay Gru­den that tom­lin, tampa bay buc­ca­neers de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Todd Bowles and Kansas city chiefs of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Eric Bie­niemy would be in­cluded on any list of can­di­dates for owner Dan Sny­der. In­di­anapo­lis colts line­backer Dar­ius Leonard an­nounced tues­day on In­sta­gram he has been cleared from con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

“big Mood af­ter get­ting cleared to play again!! let’s go!” Leonard wrote.

Leonard won’t play this week be­cause the colts have a bye, but he is ex­pected to suit up for Week 7’s home game against the Hous­ton tex­ans. the 24-year-old missed the last three games, with the colts go­ing 2-1 dur­ing that span.

Steel­ers lose Sa­muels

Pitts­burgh steel­ers run­ning back Jaylen Sa­muels will be side­lined for a month fol­low­ing arthro­scopic surgery on his knee.

sa­muels, 23, un­der­went the pro­ce­dure on Mon­day and was seen on crutches at the team’s prac­tice fa­cil­ity on tues­day.

the ver­sa­tile sec­ond-year back rushed three times, made three re­cep­tions and at­tempted two passes dur­ing sun­day’s 26-23 over­time loss to the bal­ti­more ravens. He gained only 13 yards from scrim­mage and threw an in­ter­cep­tion.

In five games this season, sa­muels has rushed for 50 yards and a touch­down, caught 13 passes for 83 yards and com­pleted 4-of-5 passes for 35 yards and a pick.

gronk JOINS FOX SPORTS

For­mer new eng­land Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski will put on a head­set in­stead of a hel­met as he joins the FOX sports ros­ter as an NFL an­a­lyst.

Gronk will make his on-air de­but thurs­day night when he joins Terry Brad­shaw, Michael Stra­han and Tony Gon­za­lez on the net­work’s pregame show. It’s per­fect tim­ing in that the new york Giants will be play­ing at the Pa­tri­ots.

De’vante Bausby of the Bron­cos is carted off the field dur­ing Sun­day’s game against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.

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