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Gunner Kiel moving all limbs, back with team after high hit vs. Memphis

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Gunner Kiel awake, moving all limbs (0:25)

Kaylee Hartung updates the condition of Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel, who was taken off the field in a stretcher in the first quarter of the game vs. Memphis. (0:25)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel was injured on a high hit in the first quarter of the Bearcats' 53-46 loss to Memphis on Thursday night.

Kiel turned upfield to run on a third-down play and was hit from the side by defensive back Chauncey Lanier.

Kiel's neck and head were immobilized, and he was taken off the field on a cart. He was seen talking with medical personnel and was later taken to Methodist University Hospital, where he was released a short time later, Bearcats sports information director Ryan Koslen later said. Kiel accompanied the team back to Cincinnati.

Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville told the Cincinnati Enquirer after the game that Kiel hurt his neck.

"He had a little numbness in his hands," Tuberville said. "I've had bad necks, I know what that's about. It's hard to overcome that. We'll go with Hayden [Moore] right now and let Gunner refuel."

Moore, a freshman, passed for a school-record 557 yards and threw four touchdown passes for Cincinnati (2-2, 0-2) in the loss. But all thoughts were with the injured Kiel.

"We just hope Gunner's OK," Tuberville said in his postgame news conference. "That's two weeks in row he's been carted off, and you know, I just feel for him. Two shots to the neck area is pretty tough for a quarterback."

Lanier was initially called for targeting, but a video review showed it was shoulder-to-shoulder contact, and Lanier remained in the game.

Kiel was 7-of-11 for 63 yards before his injury.

Kiel played Thursday after suffering what was initially diagnosed as a mild concussion Saturday when his head slammed into the ground in Cincinnati's victory at Miami of Ohio. Miami's Bryson Albright was called for roughing the passer on the play.

Tuberville said Tuesday that Kiel had some soreness in his neck but had improved and was cleared to play.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.