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Kenneth Faried Stretchered Off The Court After Possible Neck Injury


(Editor's note: The following story was provided courtesy of ESPN.go.com)

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck brace to stabilize him on Saturday.

Faried took an elbow to the back of the neck while jostling for a rebound late in overtime. He immediately reached to rub his neck. After a short delay, he then bent over and received medical attention.

The Nuggets' team doctor said Faried was taken to the hospital with a lower cervical vertebra issue and would stay overnight for precautionary reasons while the team flew home to prepare for a game Sunday against Portland. Faried had feeling in his hands and feet and was showing no neurological symptoms anywhere.

"You don't want to see that with anybody, with any player in this league,'' Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari said. "We'll see what the problem is and we've got a game tomorrow. So if he's not playing, somebody else has to step up for him.''

Faried told medical personnel he felt better once he was placed on the backboard. He raised his arm for a thumbs up to fans who stuck around after Golden State's 111-108 overtime victory. He left the arena about 10 minutes after the game ended, after being attended to by medical personnel.

A team spokesman said that Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly accompanied Faried to the hospital.

"Obviously, any time you're dealing with a neck or back, it's scary,'' Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson said. "I didn't see the play. We were playing. There are no dirty guys out there. Nobody did anything intentional. Hopefully he's good.''

Faried, Denver's leading rebounder, scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds in nearly 29 minutes for the Nuggets, who lost their fifth straight game. The team's first-round pick in 2011, Faried previously missed three games this season with a sprained left ankle.

(story provided by ESPN.go.com, online at: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14490281/kenneth-faried-denver-nuggets-put-neck-brace-stretchered-apparent-neck-injury