Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker is carted off the field during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif., Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker left the field on a stretcher Monday after a violent collision with Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers.
The play took place in the third quarter with the Rams leading, 28-8. Akers took a handoff from Matthew Stafford from the Cardinals’ 16-yard line and broke free into the secondary at full speed. Baker met Akers near the six-yard with a diving tackle. As Baker dove, Akers lowered his head, and their helmets collided.
Baker immediately went stiff and rolled over on his back after the collision.
Trainers immediately tended to Baker, who remained on the field for several minutes as medical staff stabilized him on a stretcher. Before he was wheeled off the field, he raised his right arm into the air. He later left SoFi Stadium in an ambulance.
The Cardinals announced that Baker suffered a concussion and had movement and feeling in his extremities.
After he arrived at a local hospital, the Cardinals announced that Baker was alert and communicative and never lost feeling.