Edmonton Eskimos receiver Tyler Scott was taken by ambulance to hospital Friday after landing awkwardly on his collarbone during the CFL team's training camp.
Details of Scott's injury weren't immediately available but Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said the actions taken by both Edmonton's training staff and ambulance officials were on the side of caution with the injured player.
"They took the proper precautions, they did a phenomenal job of securing Tyler and we'll find out later," Reed told reporters.
"You never want to see injuries and hopefully it's not something significant. We expect it probably won't be anything significant based uponthe information I've gotten but you never know."
The six-foot-two, 202-pound native of Windsor, Ont., was injured after a collision with defensive back Rico Murray. Scott had gone high to make a catch but Murray managed to break up the play before the two came down hard to the ground.
"I was trying to keep him from making a great play and when we came down it was an awkward landing," Murray said. "We both landed on our side. He had both arms extended I just had one arm extended.
"It was more of an impact for him than it was for me."
The 26-year-old Scott, entering his fifth CFL season and third with Edmonton, lay motionless on the field and Eskimos trainers cut his jersey away before an ambulance arrived and transported him to hospital.
There were concerns Scott had injured his neck, but a club official said the receiver's injury was in the region of his shoulder and collarbone. Reed said the injury was the result of two players competing hard against one another on the play.
"That's totally acceptable the way [Murray] played it," Reed said. "He did nothing illegal, nothing wrong, nothing cheap.
"They were competing for the football and you expected both were going to compete very hard. He did nothing wrong."
Scott had eight catches for 87 yards and a touchdown with Edmonton last year and over four CFL seasons has registered 47 receptions for 627 yards and two TDs. The former Western Mustang began his pro career with Toronto in 2008 before being released by the Argonauts in May 2010.
"You're going to have some sensitivity especially because it's a teammate but this is a gladiator sport," Reed said. "The biggest thing is that if it happened in a game you pray for the best for the injured person and then you have to move on with the game because if you're mentally lapsing you may get yourself in a position to be hurt.
"Hopefully [Scott] can recover from it and do the things he needs to do to continue to have a successful camp."
Murray added injuries are an unfortunate byproduct of football.
"Injuries happen, they're unpredictable," he said. "No one knows when they're going to get injured.
"We just all lay it on the line every play and pray that God blesses us to stay healthy."