Tennessee Oilers rookie Samari Rolle is still "a little woozy" from the freak collision in practice that sent him to the hospital strapped to a backboard, with no feeling in his left side.
But the cornerback is thankful to know it was no more serious than a bruised spine, and he hopes to be ready to play in the Oilers' season opener Sept. 6 at Cincinnati."For a minute I thought I'd be a paraplegic ... All types of things were going through my mind," Rolle said Sunday.
He collided with receiver Derrick Mason on Friday during their light workout before Saturday's exhibition against the Washington Redskins.
The Oilers lost the game 27-24, leaving each team at 1-1 in preseason play.
Rolle said he saw some of the game but it was hard to watch because the second-round draft pick from Florida State felt like he had been starting to get his "groove" with the Oilers.
"All I remember is the ball being in the air and, at the last minute, Derrick saying `I got it.' From then I blacked out," said Rolle.
He rejoined his teammates Sunday at the Tennessee State University dormitory where they're living during training camp.