A collision between Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith and an Erie Country Sheriff Office’s reserve deputy during Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game has landed 46-year-old Jason Macken in the trauma intensive care unit at Erie Medical Center.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Macken’s injury was suffered during the Bills game.
Macken, who was working security at the game, had surgery, according to The Buffalo News.
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Video of the incident shows Smith, who was covering Bills receiver Cole Beasley on a play that resulted in a successful two-point conversion, run into Macken at full speed. The defensive back’s momentum carried him deep into the sideline, where he made contact with Macken’s back with his right arm.
“Working the sidelines of an NFL game can be rewarding but can be dangerous too. With the speed and size of players, paired with the dozens of game day staff along the sidelines, there are many opportunities for collisions and staff to get injured,” said Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, per WKBW. “Today, we are just concerned about Deputy Macken’s health and recovery and I have offered my full support.”
Macken remains in the hospital after surgery and is now resting and recovering, per the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
The Ravens released this statement:
“We hope the police officer is recovering and doing well. We’re just learning of this and we’re trying to learn more.”