Oakland Raiders linebacker Philip Rivers at 2012 training camp (photo by Levi Damien)
Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler had a helmet to helmet hit on Mike Goodson in training camp practice the running back taken to the hospital. I caught up with Wheeler after practice to get hear what he had to say about the hit.
"I tried to pull off [the hit]; I felt like I tried to pull off a little bit. I just pray for Mike Goodson and I just hope he gets better because I don't want that feeling that I hurt somebody that bad. I'm just going to pray for him.
"I thought he was going to get up. He's not a big dude. He's kind of light. I just felt like as soon as I hit him, he fell, he was on the ground, and I didn't think he was that bad off until he said something. He said something. I forgot what he said, that he couldn't get up. That's when I knew he was pretty bad.
"I just had my teammates, they were in there telling me to stay focused and coaches, too. It's kind of hard. I was kind of thinking about him. I was asking the trainers was he OK and stuff like that. It's kind of hard to practice like that with that on your conscience.
"I texted him already and told him that I'm praying for him, that I'm sorry and I didn't mean to do it."