New Orleans Saints running back Daniel Lasco has avoided a career-ending injury after suffering a frightening injury on Sunday that required him being stabilized and taken off the field in an ambulance.
While Lasco will be able to continue playing football, he will miss the rest of this season due to a bulging disk, Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters.
“We’re fortunate that it wasn’t more severe,” Payton said.
Lasco tweeted Monday about his plans to return.
Thank you all for the support and prayers! I️ will get through this and come back better than before… believe that. Love all y’all🙏 #WhoDat!
— Daniel Lasco (@DLasco2) November 13, 2017
The injury looked far worse when it happened. The second-year rusher was injured in the second quarter while of Sunday’s win over the Buffalo while covering a kickoff when his head collided with Bills kick returner Brandon Tate’s thigh. Lasco remained on the turf for several minutes but raised his hand to the cheer of the New Era Field crowd before being placed in the ambulance on a stretcher and transported to the hospital.
The team confirmed at the time that Lasco had a spine injury and was in the care of team doctor Michael Hartman as he underwent further evaluation. Payton was optimistic about Lasco’s condition after the game.
“I think all the signs are positive, his movement and everything. I think that’s encouraging,” Payton said.
Lasco was able to fly back to New Orleans with the team Sunday night and will likely have surgery within the week.
“The prognosis is good. We’re fortunate that it wasn’t more severe,” Payton said. “I know his teammates and coaches all felt relieved that he was able to come back on the plane with us.”
The 25-year-old Lasco was a seventh-round pick out of Cal by the Saints in 2016 and has spent much of his first two seasons as a special-teams coverage specialist.