PITTSBURGH — Bucs tight end Cameron Brate was taken off the field on a stretcher Sunday afternoon after a hard tackle following a 6-yard catch from Tom Brady.
Head coach Todd Bowles said after the game that Brate suffered a neck injury and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for evaluation.
The Bucs said Brate was released following tests and able to fly home with the team to Tampa.
Brate could not get off the turf after a hit from the Steelers’ Myles Jack late in the third quarter, immediately grabbing his helmet after the hit. Medical personnel were called to the field where Brate remained for about eight minutes. He gave a thumbs up on the way off the playing surface.
The team said he had movement in all of his extremities.
“He had a neck injury,” Bowles said. “He has all his moving parts right now.”
“It’s a really tough thing to see,” receiver Chris Godwin said. “Cam is a really great guy. Everyone in that locker room loves him. He’s a really good friend of mine so seeing him down on the ground like that is brutal and you’ve seen situations like that across the league this year. It’s a tough sight.
“I think it shows everyone the reality of the physicality of the sport we play in. While it seems like a game, for a lot of people, it can be life changing.”
Brate sustained a concussion two weeks ago in a game against the Chiefs. He did not play last week against the Falcons and remained in concussion protocol, even though he was allowed to practice.
Pittsburgh rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett (concussion) also was ruled out of the game after a hit by Bucs linebacker Devin White in the third quarter.
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