GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Robert Ferguson will stay in the hospital at least one more night as he recovers from the vicious clothesline hit by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Donovin Darius.
Ferguson suffered a concussion and was temporarily paralyzed
below the waist when he was hit Sunday. He regained feeling and
movement on his way to Bellin Hospital, where he was kept
Coach Mike Sherman said Monday that Ferguson had weakness in his arms but was in good spirits when he visited him Sunday night. He
didn't know whether Ferguson was up and walking around Monday.
AFC spokesman Steve Alic said that the league would look at the hit -- the NFL reviews every play of every game anyway -- and that any
fine, if appropriate would likely come down Friday. A suspension
could be handed out at any time.
Darius swept in after Ferguson's leaping 31-yard grab of Brett Favre's pass at midfield. Darius hit the defenseless Ferguson across the neck, stunning the crowd and infuriating the Packers with 4:41 left in their 28-25 loss to the Jaguars.
Darius, who was ejected, defended his hit as non-intentional and
said he was trying to jar the ball loose.
Ferguson gave a thumbs-up as he left the field on a stretcher.
"He's a great kid," Sherman said. "For him to put a thumbs-up
to the crowd on his way off the field knowing that he couldn't move
his toes ... special guy."