Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette said in a video posted to Facebook that his trainers saved his life following a neck injury he sustained in November.
Lockette sustained the injury in his team’s 13–12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 1. The wide receiver collided with Cowboys safety Jeff Heath during punt coverage and then laid motionless on the field before he was carted off.
“What saved my life is the trainers,” Lockette said. “The trainers came over, and they did it perfectly, perfectly by the book. The way that they held my neck, all the training is what saved my life. If they would have went too far to the left or moved me without stabilizing this or that, then I would have been dead.”
Lockette required surgery to stabilize ligament damage in his neck. In addition to the ligament damage, he also sustained a concussion and disk injury. He missed the remainder of the 2015 season.
Lockette, who signed with Seattle in 2011 as an undrafted free agent, expects to play next season.