Very reminiscent of the disaster last season involving Damar Hamlin, Isaiah Bolden was carted off the field in the preseason game with the Packers this past weekend.
The game ended up being called off due to the injury suffered by the rookie cornerback. The game ended 21 to 17 for the Patriots when it was called off, and sits like that in the official NFL preseason standings.
Of course, the wounds suffered by the team and fans regarding the Hamlin incident were still pretty fresh in the minds and hearts of many, and to see yet another player carted off the field so soon and even before the official NFL season began, was a bit much for everyone involved.
“Of course, that’s in the back of all of our minds when something like that happens,” stated Jalen Mills, cornerback for the Patriots.
It was a collision hit with his own teammate that caused the injury after all, but both teams’ medical staff came to the fallen player’s aid at once, really coming together to help.
The Patriots released this statement after the fact: “We thank the medical staff at Aurora Bay Medical Center for their overnight evaluations, as well as the Patriots and Packers medical staffs for their immediate on-field response and care in transporting Isaiah.”
In the end, he was treated and then released from hospital Sunday morning. Isaiah also thanked his fans for the concern on X (the former Twitter) the following day, that Sunday.
“It looks like just one of those collision hits, those freak hits that you see on rare occasions in this league, that you hate to see…We really couldn’t see him too much. It looked like he was moving and his eyes were open, but as of right now, just asking everybody to keep him in their prayers and we hope for the best,” continued Mills.
The fragility of these players, across the board, comes up in times like these and in times like the aforementioned Hamlin occurrence, and it did for many on Saturday.
“It’s a reminder of the fragility of life…It’s not something we spend a lot of time thinking about, but the reality is all of us will have to wrestle with that at some point in time,” said Matthew Slater, special teams player for the Patriots.
As of this writing, the joint practice with the Titans has been cancelled.