During the first quarter of a 34-17 win against the Cleveland Browns, Bengals linebacker David Pollack was taken off the field on a stretcher with an apparent neck injury. It was later confirmed to be a broken C6 vertebrae and he will be missing the rest of the season. After leaving the game, Pollack was taken to a local hospital and he was put in a protective halo brace. Coach Marvin Lewis said that the injury is not career-threatening, and they expect him to make a full recovery in time for next season.
Coach Lewis said Pollack's spinal cord wasn't damaged. He has full sensation in his arms and legs, and doctors are hopeful that the halo brace -- which immobilizes the neck -- will allow the injury to heal without surgery.
David Pollack was drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft. He was the 17th overall pick. He moved over to outside linebacker after being drafted as a defensive end out of Georigia. In 2005 he played in all but 4 games as a back-up to Landon Johnson. He was able to rack up 28 tackles, 5 sacks and 6 recovered fumbles. And in the playoffs he made 8 tackles and 1 sack.