- Burks landed awkwardly on his back after almost pulling off the late catch
- He gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was carted off the field in Pittsburgh
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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks was carted off the field during their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night after falling awkwardly late in the fourth quarter.
After almost taking an insane fourth-down catch at Acrisure Stadium, Burks suffered a heavy fall and was not moving on the turf before medical staff put him on a stretcher and carted him off.
The 23-year-old tried to make a leaping fourth-down grab down the left sideline but saw the ball slip from his grasp. He landed hard out of bounds and appeared to be unconscious.
Medical staff from both teams came out to treat Burks, the 18th overall pick in the 2022 draft. His face mask was cut off and he was placed onto a spinal board while players on both teams knelt on the turf nearby. He appeared to be able to wiggle his toes as he was being loaded onto the cart.
And as he left the field, Burls was captured by television cameras giving a thumbs up.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks was carted off the field during their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers
After almost taking a fourth-down catch at Acrisure Stadium, Burks suffered a heavy fall
He landed hard out of bounds and appeared to be unconscious before being carted off
Amazon Prime’s Thursday Night Football host Charissa Thompson confirmed after the game that Burks has full movement of his extremities, before news analyst Michael Smith revealed that he is now alert and moving after being wheeled into the x-ray room and walking out with assistance.
Burks also sustained a concussion as a rookie in Philadelphia when he was knocked out while making a touchdown grab in a blowout loss to the Eagles.
Tennessee suffered defeat in Pittsburgh on the night, with Diontae Johnson recording his first touchdown since 2021 to secure a 20-16 win for the Steelers.
Kenny Pickett threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson with 4:02 remaining to help Pittsburgh bounce back from a dismal loss to Jacksonville on Sunday.
Pickett struggled at times while dealing with a rib injury but got it together late, completing 19 of 30 for 160 yards, including a 32-yard strike to Johnson down the right sideline on the go-ahead drive. Running back Jaylen Warren had 112 yards of total offense, including a 22-yard run down the sideline that helped set up the winning score.
Tennessee rookie quarterback Will Levis played well in his second NFL start but couldn’t match the electricity of his first, a four-touchdown masterpiece against Atlanta. Levis threw for 262 yards but his 39th and final pass ended up being the first interception of his career when Steelers linebacker Kwon Alexander picked off a pass at the goal line with 6 seconds remaining to seal it.
The Steelers moved embattled offensive coordinator Matt Canada from the coaching box to the sideline in hopes of helping provide a spark to a unit that began the night near the bottom of the league in every meaningful statistical category.
As he left the field, Burks was captured by television cameras giving a thumbs up
The immediate returns were encouraging. Pickett directed a 78-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown run on Pittsburgh’s opening possession, the first time Steelers have reached the end zone on their initial drive during a game Pickett started in over a year.
Yet it wasn’t sustainable. While there were pockets of success here and there, Pickett struggled with his accuracy at times and the offense reverted to the slog that’s become its signature.
The Titans responded to take a 13-10 halftime lead behind some poised play by Levis and Derrick Henry’s unique brand of fury. Henry scored on a 2-yard dive – with 305-pound defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons serving as lead blocker – and Levis later ran the 2-minute offense expertly to set up a 36-yard field goal by Folk to put Tennessee up at the break.
The teams traded field goals in the third quarter – Pittsburgh’s after wide receiver George Pickens failed to get his left foot down for what should have been a touchdown reception – with Folk’s third field goal putting the Titans up 16-13 heading into the fourth.