‘It’s all gonna be good’: Former BYU back Jamaal Williams gives positive update one day after leaving Packers’ game on stretcher
SALT LAKE CITY — Jamaal Williams gave a thumbs-up as he exited Lambeau Field on a stretcher Thursday night, after the Green Bay running back took a helmet-to-helmet hit early in the Packers’ 34-27 loss to Philadelphia.
On Friday, the former BYU standout gave the social media equivalent of a thumbs-up, sharing a status update on Instagram that emanated a positive vibe.
“Appreciate it everyone for checking on me, I’m Gucci,” Williams wrote on his Instagram story while adding a pair of emojis before adding, “only thing hurting right now is my pride for not being able to finish the game with my team. It’s all gonna be good….LONG SZN.”
On Green Bay’s first offensive play, Williams caught a pass from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers before being stood up by a pair of Philadelphia defenders. Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett came over late and made helmet-to-helmet contact with Williams, and Williams fell to the ground motionless. The hit drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on Barnett.
Williams gave a thumbs-up as he was carted off on a stretcher. The Packers announced Williams would miss the remainder of the game while being evaluated for head and neck injuries, adding he had feeling and movement in all his extremities.
Fellow Green Bay running back Aaron Jones, who was the team’s lone tailback for the remainder of the game, said Williams was his usual happy self Friday, according to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman.
Williams also sent a call for prayers for Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox. He also left the field on a stretcher after being knocked out by teammate Andrew Sendejo late in the fourth quarter. Maddox was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck injury but was able to return with the team to Philadelphia, the Eagles reported.
“Prayers for Avonte Maddox,” Williams wrote, “keep your head up cuddy. Wish nothing but blessing and a speedy recovery for you bro, gonna be back on the field making plays soon.”