Raiders training camp got a shock to its system last Tuesday when running back Mike Goodson was hit hard in practice and didn't get up. He was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital by stretcher. A head or neck injury is always a major cause for concern and there was a few hours of very real concern about Goodson's well being.
He was released from the hospital about four hours after he had been admitted and all tests came up negative. But that doesn't mean it was exactly a false alarm.
"He's out here." Said coach Dennis Allen. "He's able to be moving around. He's still pretty sore. We're just kind of going to see how he is day to day. We'll see."
Watching him, it was obvious he had very limited movement in his neck. Although he was not wearing any kind of neck brace which is encouraging as far as when we might see him back on the practice field.
"Right now it's just a little soreness left in my neck," said Goodson. "kind of like having a crick in your neck when you wake up in the morning or something like that. A little more intense than that, but that's pretty much it."
According to Goodson, the bulk of the pain was in the hours immediately after the hit and it began feeling better the next day.
"It was more that day. Once I got up the next morning it was more just sore, working through the soreness. Our training staff is great with the massages and working all the soreness out."
Like many injured Raiders, there is no timetable for his return. Although being that the preseason is just beginning, there is no reason to rush him back.