COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- It was a scary moment for all involved and the thousands watching -- those that remained at Kyle Field and at home -- as Texas A&M sophomore running back Tra Carson lay on the turf before being strapped to a backboard and carted off the field.
In the aftermath, it appeared that Carson's injury isn't as serious as the scene suggested, according to head coach Kevin Sumlin.
Carson, who suffered an injury in the neck area, didn't have to go to the hospital and was allowed to go home after getting attention from the training staff and medical personnel. Sumlin said Carson was sitting up in the locker room and had feeling in all his extremities. X-rays were negative.
"Really they were precautionary measures out there," Sumlin said after the game. "Any time you have something like that where a player complains of something in his neck [you want to be careful]. He was in pain out there, which, at first, you think that's a bad situation, but that's a lot better than not having feeling or numbness or anything like that. We'll see where he is but all signs, right now, point to nothing very serious and not nearly as bad as it looked at the beginning."
Carson suffered the injury with 13:43 remaining in the fourth quarter after being tackled at the Texas A&M 30. Upon hitting the ground, Carson sat up and grabbed the area left of his lower neck before laying back on the turf and briefly writhing in pain before the training staff attended to him.
After several minutes on the turf, in which Kyle Field became silent, Carson had his head and neck immobilized and was strapped to a backboard before being loaded onto a cart and taken to the training room.
Fortunately for the Aggies, those measures were exactly what Sumlin said they were: precautionary.
"It was kind of scary," senior running back Ben Malena said after the game. "I just went and talked to him awhile ago in the locker room, and he's fine. He's walking around, talking and giggling with everybody. They just wanted to keep him down and cart him off for precautionary reasons."
Carson is fourth on the team in rushing this season with 269 yards. The transfer from Oregon has five touchdowns and is one of four running backs the Aggies use regularly. Carson scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter of the Aggies' 57-7 win over UTEP on Saturday.
After the game, Carson posted a message on his Twitter account.
Im good thanks everyone
— Tra Carson (@PlutoCarson) November 3, 2013