Titans' Treylon Burks holds on for spectacular TD catch despite violent blow to the head

Treylon Burks made a stunning touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He paid a price in the process.

With the Eagles leading the Titans, 7-0 in their 35-10 win, Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked to Burks in the end zone on a second-down pass from the Philadelphia 34-yard line. Burks was flanked by a pair of Eagles defenders on the pass over the middle that threaded the Eagles secondary and hit Burks in the hands near the goal line.

Burks snagged the ball with Eagles cornerback Josiah Scott draped on his back, then took a violent helmet-to-helmet blow from safety Marcus Epps on his way to the ground.

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Somehow, Burks held onto the ball for the score. In a scary scene, he remained motionless on his back for several moments after the catch. He was eventually able to walk off the field to the Titans locker room.

Epps, meanwhile, was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. He remained in the game.

Dec 4, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;  Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) is hit by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marcus Epps (22) as he makes a touchdown catch during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Treylon Burks held on to this catch. (Bill Streicher/Reuters)

Burks didn't retiurn

The Titans announced that Burks was being evaluated for further injury. He remained off the field in the NFL's concussion protocol before the Titans ruled him out. After the game, Titans coach Mike Vrabel told reporters that he "thinks he's doing ok."

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“I think he’s doing OK from what I’ve seen," Vrabel said. "I was able to see him at halftime and talk to him after the game. We expect that from Treylon because I know what he’s capable of. It’s unfortunate he couldn't finish the game."

The Titans didn't provide an official status update of Burks' status immediately after the game.