Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sent to hospital for concussion
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CHARLOTTE--While most sports fans will be focused on the Super Bowl on Sunday, there were some scary moments on the hardwood on Saturday night that sent Bobcats star rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, to the hospital with a concussion.
It happened in the fourth quarter of the team's road game against the Houston Rockets.
On Saturday night, team officials said x-rays and a CT scan were negative for neck injuries, but he does have a concussion.
In the game, Kidd-Gilchrist went up to defend a lay-up attempt, when he collided with teammate Jeff Taylor, causing his head to bounce off his hip violently.
Kidd-Gilchrist was on the ground, motionless for several minutes as athletic training staffs from both teams were checking on him.
He was eventually fitted with a neck brace and left the floor on a stretcher.
Concussions are getting more and more attention in the sports world and like the NFL, the NBA has a strict policy in place before allowing players to return.
First, they must show they are free of symptoms, established from pre-season tests.
From there, they must show they can handle increasingly difficult exercises like running and team agility drills with no aftereffects.
Then they need to be cleared by the league-approved neurologist.
All of this could take at least a couple of days.
To add insult to injury, the Bobcats lost Saturday night's game to the Rockets, 109 to 95.