Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was carted off the field in Denver on Sunday after getting inadvertently knocked to the ground by Melvin Gordon who was chasing down Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby.
Phillips was taken to a local hospital to undergo further testing. Following the game, he was released after everything “checked out OK.” Phillips is expected to return to work on Monday, per the team.
Before exiting the stadium, Phillips wagged his right index finger signifying that he was OK. A Broncos official confirmed shortly after the incident took place that Phillips had movement in all extremities and was alert before leaving. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring called the defense in his absence.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told CBS Sports in-game that Phillips would be fine and also let his players know that their defensive coordinator was OK.
Given the speed of play, any and all personnel on the sidelines are at risk when a wayward play bends toward the white lines. In the past, Saints coach Sean Payton broke his leg in a sideline collision. Giants coach Tom Coughlin and then-Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio also sustained significant injuries after finding themselves in the middle of a play.