There was an unfortunate incident during the second quarter of the Chargers-Broncos game when a San Diego player ran into Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Phillips was released from the hospital, and the team expects him to be back at work tomorrow.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was pushed into Phillips, who was standing on the sideline, at full speed.
“I was running a bullet and I think Von (Miller) pushed me out, and I didn’t know I hurt him,” Gordon said after the game. “I just kind of ran into him, and I couldn’t stop. I was going too fast.
“I’m really sorry about that, especially when I found out that I was the one who kind of hurt him. There wasn’t any mean intention on that.”
Phillips, 69, went down immediately, and was not moving. The Broncos’ training staff stabilized Phillips while players from both sides took knees and waited for him to be loaded onto the cart.
His eyes were open, and he was answering questions from the team’s medical staff. Phillips has been a coach not just for the Broncos’ staff, but was defensive coordinator for San Diego from 2004-06. He’s one of the more beloved coaches around the league.
Phillips left the stadium in an ambulance to a local hospital, but had movement in all of his extremities.
Thankfully, Phillips has seemed to be alright, as the Broncos indicated:
On Monday, Phillips personally confirmed that he’s doing just fine.
Thanks and I appreciate everyone's concern -I am ok today and back to work at what I love --I get the big hit award for the week!— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 31, 2016
They say it was a collision on the sideline but actually I got run over.— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 31, 2016
It’s not the first time Phillips has been hit while on the sidelines. Last year during the playoffs, he was run into by Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant, but was not injured in that incident.