Seahawks’ Ricardo Lockette’s season is over after being hit by Jeff Heath

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During Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette suffered ligament damage in his neck, and the player had surgery Monday afternoon, according to the team.

Team’s coach Pete Carrol said, Lockette’s season is over. Besides the ligament damage, the player has a disc problem and suffered a concussion on the play.

“I did talk to his dad before surgery, and he’s in good spirits and all that and ready to help him get right and turn the corner on his recovery, get him going,” Carroll said. “The emotional part of losing one of our guys and knowing that he has to go through a major surgery and all that, it’s just very personal to us, and that’s all.”

“I think, like family feeling, what happens if someone in your family gets sick or whatever? Our guys responded in that way.”

His surgery took place at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and he’s expected to stay there for a week during recovery, but the player has full motion and feeling in all his extremities, the team said.

His teammates, running back Marshawn Lynch and left tackle Russell Okung stayed in Dallas to keep Lockette and his family company.

Lockette expressed how thankful he is for all the support through his twitter account, “Wanna thank my family,12s, my teammates &coaches for all the support & prayers. Cant wait 2 get back with my teammates in Seattle. Go Hawks!”

Lockette, 29, was hit by Cowboys safety Jeff Heath when he was running with Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones.

After the hit he was motionless on the field, while the medical personnel rushed to his aid. His eyes were open as he was carted off, and Lockette was able to raise his right arm to the sky.

Officials whistled Heath for what they called a blindside block.

“It was just a high hit,” Carroll said. “It was up high. We refer to the strike zone. That’s below the neck and above the knees, so that’s all. The league will figure that out.”

When Carroll was asked if he knew about Lockette’s long term prognosis, he said, “Not right now. I don’t know anything about that.”

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