METAIRIE, La. — Saints special teams ace Courtney Roby is recovering from a neck injury he sustained late in the first half of New Orleans’ 31-13 win over St. Louis, Head Coach Sean Payton said Monday morning.
“The reports this morning were positive,” Payton said. “He’ll go through what we typically would do with a player who has had a concussion. That testing will take place. There’s some soreness in his neck.”
But all in all, it’s good news for the fifth-year player out of Indiana.
Roby was motionless on the ground for several minutes as the training staff and medical technicians tended to him following a kickoff return. He was kicked in the neck while he was on the ground, but began to move his limbs shortly after the shock of the injury wore off.
Payton said he “felt better after going out there and seeing him being able to move.”
“He was shaken up and disoriented to some degree,” Payton said.
He returned home from the hospital on Monday and Payton said he’ll go through the same battery of tests players who have suffered concussions go through.
Pierre Thomas, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and Julius Jones all will get looked at to replace Roby as kick returner, at least in the short term until he is physically cleared to play again.
Roby was carted off the Superdome turf after more than five minutes of down time. A portion of the 70,000-plus fans in attendance chanted, “Roby!” “Roby! “Roby!” as the cart headed towards the tunnel and ambulance.
By Monday morning, Roby was tweeting to his followers a thank you for their concern.
He tweeted, “I am really touched and thankful for all the many thoughts & prayers. I love this city, organization, & fans. I will b ok, GOD is great!”