INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers tight end Donald Parham was in in reasonable health condition and being assessed for a head injury following his removal on a stretcher in the course of a game against Kansas City on Thursday night.
Parham seemed to lose consciousness and was assisted off the field on a stretcher early in the first quarter. He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was going through further tests and imaging.
“Any time you see that live and you’re close to it, it impacts you,”
Brandon Staley, Chargers coach said following their 34-28 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
“But then at the same time, you know, we’re trying to play for him the rest of the way, and that’s what our guys did tonight, they laid it on the line and played a whale of a game for him.”
The Chargers lost 34-28 in overtime when Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Parham, in his second year with Los Angeles, got his hands on a 5-yard pass from Justin Herbert in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-goal, yet he dropped the ball when the back of his head bang into the ground.
Prayers for Donald Parham Jr. Certain #concussion with loss of consciousness & posturing, optimistically not a neck wound too. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/XHhwVyePir
— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) December 17, 2021
A camera zoomed on his face reveals his eyes closed and his mouth open. A teammate fleetingly tried to move Parham’s left arm, yet it was frozen in a bent position.
Trainers and medical personnel pull out Parham’s facemask from his helmet and placed him on a backboard. The 24-year-old’s arms were shaking as he was wheeled off while concerned players from both teams watched.
“I’m just hoping for the best. Parham has been an incredible teammate and an incredible friend. He’s been nice to everyone in that locker room, and everyone loves him,”
“Obviously it’s incredibly tough to see him down on the field. But he’s tough. He’s a fighter, and we’ve just got to pray for him and hope for him, and hopefully he’s ready to go.”