As if it couldn’t get worse for the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, safety Budda Baker was stretchered off the field after taking a shoulder to the head from Rams running back Cam Akers.
Baker was ruled out for the game after suffering a concussion on the hit and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The Cardinals said Baker had movement and feeling in all of his extremities.
The Cardinals were trailing the host Rams 28-8 late in the third quarter of their NFC wild-card game when Akers lowered his shoulder into Baker’s head to finish an 11-yard run to the Arizona 5-yard line. Cardinals players seemed upset with Akers, who was playing in just his second game of the year after returning from a torn Achilles, as he appeared to make a “stay down” gesture to Baker on his way back to the huddle. Akers later took a knee while Baker was being tended to, showing concern for the four-time Pro Bowler.
Lost amid the injury was the offensive holding call on David Edwards that brought the ball back to the Arizona 15-yard line, eventually leading the Rams to settle for a field goal.
The Rams went on to win the game 34-11.