Chargers TE Donald Parham expected to be released from hospital Friday after terrifying head injury

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The first drive of Thursday night's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers ended with a terrifying moment.

Chargers tight end Donald Parham appeared to fall unconscious upon impact with the ground in the end zone after reeling in what would have been a touchdown pass from Justin Herbert on fourth-and-goal. Parham had the ball in his hands, but then his helmet snapped back and made hard contact with the turf.

Parham was taken to the hospital during the game. He was diagnosed with a concussion, and "will likely be discharged from the hospital" Friday, according to the Chargers.

Parham's arms immediately jolted up toward his helmet before his body went motionless on the ground. A close-up of his face showed his eyes closed.

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Donald Parham stays on the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Donald Parham exited the field in a stretcher after a hard fall. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Parham remained down for several minutes, with Fox going to a commercial break, returning, then going to another break as Chargers athletic trainers attended to him. He was eventually wheeled out while strapped down on a stretcher with his arms visibly shaking.

On Thursday, the team announced Parham was in stable condition and being evaluated for a head injury at the UCLA Harbor Medical Center.

The 24-year-old Parham is in his second season with the Chargers after joining the team in April 2020 following the collapse of the XFL. Through nine games this season, he had 20 catches, 190 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 26 targets.

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