Viewers lambasted members of Sunday night’s crowd after Steelers fans were seen doing the ‘wave’ while Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor was being treated for a neck injury on the field.
Taylor, 24, was carted off at around 11.20pm with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Steelers fans seemed to rejoice in the injury.
The defensive end was diving to tackle Steelers running back Najee Harris when the crown of his head made direct contact with the torso of teammate Al Woods, a 330-pound defensive tackle, according to Yahoo Sports.
His head jerked back awkwardly and he slowly rolled over on his back. Video from the field shows shows him being loaded onto a stretcher.
Despite the scary moment, early CT scans were clear and he was set to fly back with the team early Monday morning.
Seahawk Darrell Taylor gets medical attention during a game in Pittsburgh Sunday night
Taylor, 24, was carted off with three minutes left in the fourth quarter
Early CT scans came back clear and he was set to fly back to Seattle early Monday morning
The teams and medical staff gathered on the field in a dramatic moment on Sunday
Taylor was reportedly diving to tackle Steelers running back Najee Harris, pictured number 22
The crown of his head made direct contact with the torso of teammate Al Woods
It appears some fans of the opposing team may have taken the opportunity as a cause for celebration.
Video on Reddit appears to show Sunday night’s crowd doing the ‘wave’ – where members of the crowd stand up and raise their arms in succession – while Taylor was being treated on the field.
‘Look at this s***,’ said a man off camera. ‘Celebrating – celebrating an injury.’
‘Steelers fans were doing the wave while medical staff was attending to him, and Seahawks DE Carlos Dunlap was angry at the crowd. Steelers players signalling to crowd to stop,’ tweeted ESPN reporter Brooke Pryor.
It is unclear if the ‘wave’ was done on purpose or if it was already taking place when the injury happened.
The Steelers fans quieted down after repeated signals from their team’s players.
Video from Sunday night’s game shows fans doing the ‘wave’ from the stands during the medical emergency on the field, which fans on both sides criticized
Reporters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania caught the first glimpse of the drama
‘Carlos Dunlap appeared to tell Roethlisberger to signal to fans to stop doing the wave. Other Steelers players gave the same signal. Nearly silent now as Taylor remains down,’ wrote ESPN reporter Brady Henderson from the field.
Sunday night’s game took place at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Taylor was alert and had movement in all of his extremities, according to NBC’s Michele Tafoya.
He was transported via ambulance to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s trauma center, according to Seahawks blog fieldgulls.com.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that initial CT scans were clear, which they saw as a good sign, but that more tests are still needed.
‘He was so mad to be taken off the field like that,’ Carroll said.
‘He wanted to get up, they wouldn’t let him do it … man he didn’t want any part of that.’
Fans from both teams criticized what they saw as the Steelers’ fans celebrating.
‘Not a proud moment in @heinzfieldtonight. We CANNOT do the wave when a @Seahawks player is seriously injured. That’s not good sportsmanship!’ one person wrote.
Viewers criticized Steelers’ fans for doing the wave on social media, though it remains unclear if the act was done on purpose
‘To the Steelers fans that were doing the wave during Darrell Taylor’s injury, please show some respect,’ another viewer said.
One Twitter user chalked it up to the home team’s nature.
‘Steelers fans doing the wave while a player is motionless on the field is the most Steelers thing someone can do.’
Taylor, above last week, was born in Virginia in 1997 and went to the University of Tennessee
A Seahawks spokesperson said Taylor would fly back to Seattle with the team, according to an early Monday morning tweet by ESPN’s Brady Henderson.
The Seahawks tied the game but lost in overtime 23 to 20, according to Fox News.
Taylor was born in Hopewell, Virginia and attended the University of Tennessee. He was selected in the second round with the 48th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.