UPDATED, 5:15 p.m.
Former Parkway North and Missouri linebacker Donavin Newsom was carted off the field and taken to the hospital Tuesday after a practice collision at San Francisco 49ers training camp in Santa Clara, Calif.
Newsom, an undrafted rookie, collided with safety Chanceller James while covering a receiver on a pass play, according to multiple reports. Newsom was put on a stretcher and taken to Stanford Medical Center. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan ended practice after the collision. Newsom had feeling in his lower half and hands, Shanahan told reporters.
“I did see his eyes open. He wasn’t knocked out the whole time,” Shanahan told reporters after practice. “They didn’t want him to move. We tried to keep our distance, keep him as relaxed as possible and let the people tending to him do their job.”
The 49ers later released a statement saying Newsom was diagnosed with a concussion and did not suffer a cervical spine fracture. He was being held at Stanford Medical Center for further observation.
“They just ran into each other,” safety Eric Reid said told the San Jose Mercury News “Obviously Donavin got the worst of it. I’m just praying it’s a concussion at the very least.”
“He was trying his hardest to make this team,” Reid added. “I just pray he can get back and continue to do that. He was coming along, making plays. He broke up that pass. It was just unfortunate what happened.”
Newsom was a standout linebacker at Parkway North and arrived at Mizzou in 2012. After a redshirt year, Newsom played mostly on…
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