Ravens running back Willis McGahee returned to his Baltimore home Monday after spending the night in a Pittsburgh hospital recovering from a helmet-to-helmet hit in the AFC championship game against the Steelers.
McGahee was carted from the field on a stretcher Sunday after
colliding with Steelers safety Ryan Clark. The play occurred in the
fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-14 victory.
Although he had significant neck pain, McGahee had movement in
his arms and legs after the hit. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian
Hospital in Pittsburgh and held overnight for observation.
McGahee was released early Monday morning and back in Baltimore
home by early afternoon.
"It is expected that Willis will have a complete recovery from
the head and neck injuries he suffered last night," Ravens
spokesman Kevin Byrne said.
McGahee had just caught a pass and taken two steps before being
met by Clark, who drove his helmet into McGahee's facemask.
McGahee's head snapped back, and he lost the ball as he dropped to
Clark also collapsed, though it was immediately apparent that
his injury wasn't serious.
Players from both teams gathered around McGahee, who lay
motionless before being taken away.
"I started getting a little emotional when I saw him down there
and the cart was coming out. That's the nature of this rivalry,"
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the game.
Starting at tailback in place of the banged up Le'Ron McClain,
McGahee ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns.