Tracy Porter counting himself lucky after head-first collision

Tracy Porter is counting himself extra fortunate for not being seriously injured in a head-first collision last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The New Orleans Saints cornerback had to be taken off the field at the Superdome on a stretcher, and anytime that happens there is serious concern. Porter, however, is probable for this Sunday’s game at Atlanta, and practiced the previous two days on a limited basis. Medical personnel worked on Porter for 10 minutes on the field before he was removed.

“I mean, of course when they say they're gonna grab a stretcher to take you off the field, you're always scared and you're planning for the worst,” Porter said, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "But everything panned out and I was able to move my limbs, able to walk. So I'm thankful and I'm blessed that it wasn't more serious than it was."

It took Porter a little while to figure out he was going to be OK after the big hit.

“Once I started to move my limbs, that was a sense of relief right there,” he said. “Because I know how violent this game is and the effect it can have on you. But the next couple days, it was rough, still dealing with some pain (in the neck and chest). But I'm making it through it, and we'll see where it goes from here.”

Head and neck injuries are always serious business. The hope here is Porter doesn’t experience another one during his career.

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