The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after sustaining a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return against the Buffalo Bills Sunday.
Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to the hospital. He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate.
Lasco, whose head and body were strapped down to a board to restrict movement, raised his hand for a slight wave as he was being lifted onto the ambulance.
The ambulance and stretcher were brought onto the field almost immediately after trainers and doctors began tending to Lasco, who was laying still on the ground after making the tackle. It was unclear how much he was able to move on the field since he was surrounded by many of his teammates, as well as the medical staff.
Saints team doctor Michael Hartman is attending to him at the hospital, the team said.
A second-year running back from Cal, Lasco was drafted in the seventh round in 2016 and has spent most of the past two seasons with the Saints as a special-teams coverage specialist.