HOUSTON -- Houston Texans defensive tackle Cedric Killings was taken off the field on a stretcher Sunday after a headfirst collision with Indianapolis receiver Roy Hall.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Killings, playing special teams, hit Hall on a block as Jerome Mathis was returning a kickoff in the second quarter. The Texans said Killings suffered a neck injury, but had feeling in his extremities. Killings was taken to a hospital.
Hall and Killings went down together and Hall walked slowly off the field with trainers helping him.
Killings lay motionless as trainers attended to him and a stretcher was wheeled onto the field. Coach Gary Kubiak watched medical personnel strap Killings to the stretcher as players from both sides watched intently.
The 30-year-old Killings was cut by the Texans on Sept. 1, then re-signed on Sept. 14 to add depth to the defensive line when Travis Johnson injured his ankle.
In the season opener, the Buffalo Bills lost tight end Kevin Everett to a life-threatening spinal cord injury. Everett, however, is making a strong recovery and doctors expect he'll be able to walk again.
Early in the second quarter Sunday, Houston running back Ahman Green left the game with a left knee injury.
Green, Houston's leading rusher, caught a short pass and was tackled after a 9-yard gain by Colts safety Bob Sanders. Green hopped up, but limped off the field as trainers attended to him on the sideline.
Green hobbled to a training table behind the bench as Kris Brown kicked a 33-yard field goal to put the Texans up 10-7.
On Wednesday, the Texans said Green was limited at practice with a knee injury.
Samkon Gado replaced Green on the Texans' next offensive series. Green sat on the bench with ice wrapped around his left knee.
Houston rookie Jacoby Jones left in the third quarter after injuring his left shoulder on a 74-yard punt return.
Late in the third quarter, Jones took a punt from Hunter Smith, weaved to midfield and sprinted down the sideline before Smith pushed him out of bounds. Jones got up holding his left shoulder and limped to the bench.
Trainers attended to Jones on the sideline before he went to the locker room for X-rays.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press