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Hit Leaves Bishop With Neck Injury

 Trainers carry Blaine Bishop from the field in the third quarter. (Susan Walsh - Associated Press)
Associated Press
Monday, Jan. 31, 2000; Page D10

ATLANTA, Jan. 30 – Tennessee Titans safety Blaine Bishop strained his neck in a scary collision during the third quarter of the Super Bowl and lay motionless on the field for several minutes.

Bishop, who jammed his helmet into the back of St. Louis Rams tight end Ernie Conwell on a tackle, did have movement in his arms and legs before he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Players on both teams prayed on the sidelines as trainers tended to Bishop. St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner even knelt beside the motionless Bishop.

Bishop was taken to Piedmont Hospital for precautionary X-rays that were negative. He was expected to return to the team hotel later in the evening.

The injury left the Titans without both their starting safeties.

Second-year safety Perry Phenix replaced Bishop. Free safety Marcus Robertson broke his left leg in the AFC championship game and was replaced by Anthony Dorsett.

© Copyright 2000 The Associated Press
 

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