ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Two days after being carted off the field and transported to a local hospital after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit, cornerback De’Vante Bausby said he plans to “come back and play.”
Bausby suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Broncos' game against the Chargers in an accidental collision with linebacker Alexander Johnson.
“I’m good, I’m just moving slow,” Bausby said Tuesday. "Just kind of weak. Once I’m able to strengthen up my muscles again, I’ll be good to go.”
Bausby said he did not lose consciousness and that he was able to talk to team medical personnel as they stabilized him and helped cart him off the field.
“I was awake the whole time,” Bausby said. “I was never unconscious. I just couldn’t move, but I was still talking and everything. The [doctor] said I would be fine, [and] I just kind of trusted him. After 30 minutes I was able to wiggle my toes and after a couple hours I gained full mobility. So I was straight, I was fine.”
Bausby was released from the hospital in time to rejoin his teammates for a flight back to Denver.
“I was ready to get up out of Los Angeles,” Bausby said. “I was happy to rejoin my team on the plane ride back here.”
Head Coach Vic Fangio said Monday he wasn’t sure if Bausby would return to the field this season.
“[Bausby] is doing good,” Fangio said. “No timetable on his return yet. He’ll definitely miss some time. [I] don’t know if it will be the entire rest of the season or not. [With] these [injuries], the first few days and week will kind of tell the story."
Bausby’s fellow defensive back Chris Harris Jr. said he’s “glad he’s healthy” and that he thinks the young player will be able to rebound from the injury.
“When you get an opportunity like this, you want to take it and run and not be sidelined,” Harris said Tuesday. “As a player … you always wait for that opportunity. That’s only thing he’s sad about, but he’s going to bounce back.”
That’s Bausby’s plan as well, though there is no definitive timetable for a return.
“Right now, we’re just going to take it really slow and just gain my strength back,” Bausby said. “I don’t have a timetable, but hopefully pretty soon. My plan is to come back and play though.”
UPDATE [3:53 p.m. MT]: The Broncos have placed Bausby on their injured reserve list.