“Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. I’m doing really well and feeling great,” he wrote.
When asked what advice he would give a son facing the same scenario, Pagano responded: “That’s up to the doctors andAustin.”
Some teammates questioned the play itself, saying the hit to the head should have drawn a penalty.
Foote could still be fined for the hit, too.
Either way, the scene left some of Collie’s teammates disturbed.
“We were all a little upset that the refs didn’t call anything,” rookie receiver Griff Whalen said. “It’s upsetting to see, you never want to see one of your guys go down, but you can’t play tentatively because it only makes you more likely to get hurt, I think.”
What happens next is up to the doctors and Collie.
He must pass a series of tests and be cleared by doctors before returning to action, and close friends would like to see him back on the field — if that’s the route Collie decides to take.
“We came in together, so I’m closer to him than some others here,” Powers said. “We’ll see how he’s doing and what he’s thinking.”