Alex Lewis Released From Hospital After Suffering Neck Injury


Ravens left guard Alex Lewis has been released from the hospital and will travel home with the team after suffering a neck injury in Sunday's game in Tennessee. He will undergo more tests tomorrow.

Lewis left Sunday's game early in the fourth quarter, was carted off the field on a stretcher and taken immediately to an ambulance as concerned teammates gathered around.

The Ravens announced Lewis suffered a neck injury, but was moving all his extremities. He was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for further examination and underwent a CT scan. Lewis appeared to lift his left arm to acknowledge his teammates as he was being carted off.

"Our prayers are with Alex and his family," Head Coach John Harbaugh said to start his post-game press conference. "I would say this. So far, so good. There's a lot of optimism. He, neurologically, has his movement and all those types of things."

The Ravens said a team prayer for Lewis as soon as they got to the locker room after the game.

Lewis' injury occurred as he was run blocking. He made seemingly normal contact with his head up, but before the play had been completed, Lewis stopped blocking and fell to his knees, then onto his back. After Lewis was carted off the field, Bradley Bozeman, a rookie sixth-round pick, replaced Lewis at left guard.

Harbaugh said Bozeman replaced Lewis because he had practiced at that spot the entire week and Offensive Line Coach Joe D'Alessandris felt Bozeman was best suited to step in immediately. The other option would be to move right tackle James Hurst to left guard and insert rookie Orlando Brown Jr. at right tackle.

"It's always tough," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "I hope he's OK. I saw him after the play and he looked like he was aware of everything and all that. I thought it could have been his shoulder because he took his time going to a knee. ... Obviously, we're all thinking about Alex and hope he's doing alright."

This story will be updated as more information about Lewis' condition becomes known.

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