Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette was taken off the field on a stretcher after being knocked down by a blindside hit on a punt return in Sunday’s game at Dallas.
Lockette was running down the field and appeared to be engaged with another Dallas Cowboys player before he turned and then ran into a block by safety Jeff Heath. Lockette immediately slumped to the ground on his side and appeared to be unconscious when trainers and medical officials quickly got there to attend to him.
When the stretcher was loaded onto a motorized cart several minutes later, Lockette could be seen talking and moving both hands. He pointed his right hand toward his Seattle teammates on the sideline, and then thrust his index finger high into the air.
Lockette suffered a concussion but regained full movement of his body, according to the team.
Heath was penalized for the hit.
In a clip circulating on social media, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant appeared to yell “that’s what you [expletive] get” while pointing at Hawks LB Bruce Irvin.
Bryant took to his verified Twitter account after the game saying “I got on one knee and prayed for lockette I would never in my f***ing life do some s*** like that.” The tweet has since been deleted.
Irvin appeared to back up Bryant’s claim:
Many Hawks players were upset long after the game.
Seattle LB Mike Morgan called the hit a “dirty play” that Heath “should definitely have to pay for.”
“I thought it was a classless play,” DE Michael Bennett said, according to the Seattle Times. “I thought their coach could have came to the aid of our player to see that he was OK. That’s what Pete Carroll would have done. I thought [Cowboys coach] Jason Garrett could have done a better job on that. I thought the referees sucked. When something happens like that, it’s their job to protect the players, but they haven’t been doing a very good job of it this year.”
“I was angry, and I was confused at what happened,” linebacker K.J. Wright said. “That’s my good friend.”
Head coach Pete Carroll said in a post game news conference he dedicated the 2nd half of Sunday’s game to Lockette, who stayed in Dallas overnight for further testing.