Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms had his spleen removed after taking several hard hits in Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers and was resting comfortably in a hospital.
“Chris is doing well, and we anticipate a full recovery,” team physician Dr. Joe Diaco said in a brief statement.
Simms had a blood transfusion as part of his treatment and was expected to be hospitalized for several days.
● At San Francisco, 49ers running back Frank Gore and tight end Vernon Davis were injured on the same wacky play in a 38-24 loss to Philadelphia.
Gore fumbled and apparently strained a muscle in his abdomen while trying to stretch over the goal line late in the third quarter. Philadelphia’s Mike Patterson, a 292-pound defensive lineman, picked up the ball and lumbered 98 yards downfield. Davis, the sixth overall pick in the draft, got hurt while trying to chase down Patterson from behind. He is expected to miss four weeks.