Arkansas junior wide receiver Dominique Reed left the Liberty Bowl on a stretcher Saturday afternoon, but he returned that evening with a smile.
While going for a first down on a third-and-long, one Wildcats player had Reed’s feet wrapped from behind while another defender leveled Reed with what looked to be helmet-to-helmet contact with 2:35 remaining in the second quarter.
Reed laid on the field, and trainers immediately rushed to his side. He was taken to Methodist University Hospital in Memphis for observation for a reported neck injury, but he showed signs of movement as he got transported off the field.
During the postgame press conference after his team’s 45-23 win over Kansas State, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Reed was had returned to the stadium and even joined his teammates in the locker room.
“He is alive and well … smiling,” Bielema said.
Bret Bielema said Dominique Reed was back at the stadium and with the team in the locker room. "He is alive and well…smiling."
— Matt Jones (@MattJonesADG) January 3, 2016
Reed is a junior college transfer who entered the game with 27 catches for 520 yards and six touchdowns on the season.