A terrifying moment occurred in Thursday night’s Chargers-Chiefs game when Los Angeles tight end Donald Parham was injured on a first-quarter play in the end zone. They placed him on a stretcher and took him out of the field.
The Chargers were facing Kansas City’s fourth and goal 5 when Justin Herbert threw Parham into the back of the end zone. Parham appeared to have caught the ball before it fell incomplete.
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Parham’s head seemed hit the grass as he fell to the ground. He was on the field for several minutes and initially appeared to be out and motionless. Fox announcers Troy Aikman and Joe Buck reported that he moved his hands and legs as they served him. However, his arms were shaking as he was led into the locker room.
The Chargers later announced that Parham was transferred to an area hospital.
Given the nature of the injury and what happened next, reactions on social media came in support of Parham.
Terrifying scene in that field right now.
Players risk their livelihood every time they get between those lines. Prayers for Donald Parham
– Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 17, 2021
It was very difficult for me to continue playing after seeing a player go on a stretcher. I was worried about him and me for the rest of the game.
– Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) December 17, 2021
My God, my God !! Lifting that young man up in prayers! ????????????????????????????????
– Marcus Spears (@ mspears96) December 17, 2021
Parham has played in all 13 games for the Chargers this season and started nine. He has 20 receptions for 190 yards and three touchdowns.