BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller was rushed to the hospital during Saturday’s practice with a head injury but was released Saturday evening after sustaining a concussion the team said.
Miller was taken by ambulance to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus after suffering the injury during a one-on-one blocking drill.
“At this time, Ryan’s doing well,” head coach Rob Chudzinski said following practice. “He’s responsive and sounds like things are better at this point.”
Chudzinski said he planned on visiting Miller Saturday evening to check on his progress.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Miller went down at 4:39 p.m. sending a scare through everyone in the field house.
Browns officials quickly asked photographers to stop filming and reporters to stop taking pictures after a cart was brought out and it appeared that Miller was seriously injured. The team also didn’t identify Miller as the injured player until his family was notified. His name was released by a team spokesman at around 5:30.
“Obviously, our heart goes out to him,” left tackle Joe Thomas said. “We’re just prayin’ and hopin’ that everything’s okay. It’s great when you hear he’s moving his hands and stuff like that.”
Thomas indicated that it appeared that Miller was unconscious for a moment.
The Browns were working on one-on-one drills when suddenly the music was cut off and a hush quickly fell over the field house as players took a knee and prayed after realizing the seriousness of the situation.
You could hear a pin drop in the building.
“Anytime that happens you just pray and just hope for the best and hope everything is OK,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “Coach gave us word that he is fine and that’s a good thing. But that’s those are the challenges and the scares that when you sign up for the game there’s a possibility of something like that happening and it’s never [easy].
“I’ll tell you what, it made everyone realize that at any moment anything can happen. I thought we had a good practice after that. Guys responded well and that’s what it’s about, you just take advantage of your opportunities at this point.”
The medical staff quickly immobilized Miller and strapped him to a backboard before driving him out of the field house on a cart to an ambulance that was standing by.
“It’s definitely tough to watch that,” rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo said. “This team is a family and that’s just like watching your brother get an injury. You never want to see that, and we’re praying for him and hoping that he has a speedy recovery.”
Chudzinski gathered the team together for a prayer before practice resumed following the delay which lasted less than 10 minutes.
“This team is a family and when something happens to a family member like that, it’s tough,” Chudzinski said. “I was very concerned about him. I gave him a tap when he was going out but at the time he was moving around a little bit, so that was encouraging.”
Thomas said returning to practice after watching a teammate get carted off the field isn’t easy.
“Yeah, sometimes it can be because there are things more important than football and your health is obviously one of them so to see that is always tough,” Thomas said. “You just hope nothing serious happened.”
Miller was drafted in the 5th round, 160th overall, by the Browns in the 2012 draft and he appeared in 8 games last season.
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