With the New York Jets trying to find the end zone and get on the scoreboard with just a little more than a minute left before half time, Buffalo Bills safety Taylor Rapp and corner back Taron Johnson collided on a tackle and both immediately needed medical attention.
#Bills Taron Johnson & Taylor Rapp injuries.— Banged Up Bills (@BangedUpBills) November 19, 2023
Johnson gets hit by Rapp & goes down, presents with a fencing response, immediately taken back to the locker room for a concussion check. His day is likely done.
Rapp looked to suffer a neck injury, possible stinger, backboarded off. pic.twitter.com/K2UAoRBZ8X
While Johnson was eventually able to get to his feet and jog to the locker room, the same was not true for Rapp. The 25-year-old safety, who is in his first season with the Bills after playing the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Ram, initially stayed on his feet but then grabbed his neck and sank back down to the turf. Trainers rushed to both players and a backboard and ambulance were brought out for Rapp. In a positive sign, while being loaded into the back of the ambulance, Rapp could be seen moving both hands.
Before the team’s returned from halftime, the Bills announced that both Rapp and Johnson were officially out for the remainder of the game: Rapp with a neck injury, Johnson with a concussion.
Injury Updates:— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) November 19, 2023
-S Taylor Rapp (neck) is out for the game.
-CB Taron Johnson (concussion) is out for the game.
Buffalo already lost Dane Jackson on the previous drive, which means that they are now down to just six defensive backs — one of whom is Cam Lewis who subs in at both safety and nickle corner back with another being Siran Neal who spends most of his time on special teams. It’s worth noting that Benford was supposed to play today in a backup role as he is working his way back from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for the last game and a half.