Willis McGahee Injury After Ryan Clark Hit in AFC Championship
Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee suffered an injury after taking a punishing hit from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark during the 2009 AFC championship game.
With the Ravens down 23-14 late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Joe Flacco threw a short pass down the middle to McGahee, who was rocked by Clark. McGahee was hit so hard that he fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Steelers, effectively ending the Ravens chances of winning the game.
While Steelers fans should have been celebrating, Heinz Field was quieted by the sight of Clark and McGahee lying on the ground motionless. Clark eventually walked off the field under his own power. McGahee, unfortunately, had to be carried off on a stretcher.
CBS announcer Jim Nantz reported that the injured Ravens player had considerable movement in his limbs, but was suffering from severe neck pain.
The McGahee hit wasn't the first time Ryan Clark has laid a devastating hit on an opponent this season. Earlier this year, Clark laid out New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker. Welker was not seriously injured on the play.