Avonte Maddox flew home with Eagles, later tweets positive update
Avonte Maddox suffered a frightening injury on Thursday night that left him motionless, ultimately taken off the field on a stretcher after being mobilized and hospitalized for further evaluation.
According to an encouraging report Friday morning from Ian Rapoport, the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback’s stay in the hospital was short-lived and he’s already on the road to recovery.
Maddox was deemed fit enough to be discharged from a Green Bay-area hospital and was able to fly back to Philadelphia with the team.
#Eagles CB Avonte Maddox, who had movement in all his extremities late last night after a friendly fire hit from teammate Andrew Sendejo, flew home with the team last night. He was sent to a local hospital, but was discharged quickly enough to return to Philly. A good sign.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 27, 2019
As noted, Maddox’s injury was caused by teammate Andrew Sendejo, who understandably stated he “felt bad” over his role in the situation.
Eagles CB Avonte Maddox needs a stretcher after colliding head-to-head with a teammate. The entire Eagles sideline came on the field to support him. pic.twitter.com/ZqyYD2p466— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) September 27, 2019
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins indicated after the Eagles’ 34-27 victory over the Packers that Maddox was in good spirits amid the serious and scary aftermath of the play.
“I was cracking jokes just to make him laugh,” Jenkins said, per ESPN. “He laughed — a lot, actually.
“It’s a scary thing when it’s one of your teammates — especially somebody young like him, who’s been playing really well for us. He was good. He was moving around, so that was a good sign.”
Even more encouraging is how Maddox took to Twitter on Friday morning to indicate “everything is going well.”
Everything is going well. Appreciate the prayers and get well wishes. God is good. 🙏🏽— Avonte Maddox (@2live_AM) September 27, 2019
It remains to be seen what Maddox’s availability will be in the coming weeks and when he’ll be cleared to return to the field, although the fact his injury was not more serious obviously is a relief in and of itself.