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NFL Sideline Official Hospitalized After Gruesome Collision with Saints' Alvin Kamara

The Saints said the injured sideline official is in "stable condition" after suffering a dislocated knee

<p>AP Photo/Butch Dill</p> A member of the chain crew is wheeled off during the first half of an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions

An NFL official is recovering in the hospital after he was injured on the sidelines during Sunday's matchup between the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints in Louisiana.

The incident occurred during the second quarter when Saints running back Alvin Kamara collided with sideline official Nick Piazza, according to NOLA.com.

Kamara, 28, lost control of the play and fell out of bounds on a pass from quarterback Derek Carr. As Kamara fell, he collided with Piazza and crashed into his leg before the official could jump out of the way.

Cameras stayed on Kamara and Piazza as the official subsequently fell to the ground. Piazza appeared to be in great pain as the Saints' medical team attended to his injury.

After a lengthy pause, the sideline official was carted off of the field in a stretcher and his leg was wrapped into an air cast.

Kamara appeared concerned after the collision and was seen checking on the sideline official while the game was paused.

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<p>Eakin Howard/Getty Images</p> Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints looks on in the first quarter at Neyland Stadium

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Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints looks on in the first quarter at Neyland Stadium

A representative for the Saints told NOLA.com that Piazza "suffered a dislocated knee and is recovering at University Hospital," on Monday.

"He is in stable condition and we will provide an update (Monday) after he completes further testing," the spokesperson added.

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Sunday's game was otherwise significant for Kamara, who broke the franchise's previous record for most rushing touchdowns from former Saints star Mark Ingram.

Social media users reacted strongly to the gruesome blow, with one account warning viewers not to watch the play if they're "squeamish" at all.

"I had to scroll fast the first time. I'm not meant for the medical field," another user wrote on X.

"You can hear the screaming. God be with him," wrote another account.

The Saints ultimately fell to the Lions 33-28 in Sunday's game, and New Orleans is now 5-7 on the season. The victory for Detroit improves the Lions' record to 10-3 going into Week 14.

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