Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette says he could have died on the field after November neck injury

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In a game against the Cowboys last November, Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette suffered a scary neck injury while on punt coverage that required him to be taken off the field on a stretcher. A hit by Dallas's Jeff Heath left Lockette with a concussion, as well as disk and ligament damage in his neck that required surgery. More than four months later, he continues to wear a neck brace. But during a recent visit with firefighters and paramedics in Redmond, Washington, Lockette said things could have been far worse.

Via ESPN:

"[The doctors] said if I would have stood up then, the weight of my head -- left, right, front, back -- I would have died," Lockette said. "If one of my teammates would have came over and pulled my arm, just barely, I might have died. Or if the returner at the time would have broke a couple tackles, and they would have rolled and fell on me, I would have died on that field. But what saved my life was the trainers, the work that you guys do."

Here's the hit that injured Lockette:

Lockette, 29, missed the remainder of the 2015 schedule but expects to play next season.

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Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette says he could have died on the field after November neck injury
Injured Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette wears a neck brace as he arrives at CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks' NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, while wearing a T-shirt with a team hand signal of the letter "L" which means "Love our Brothers," Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Fort Valley State wide receiver Ricardo Lockette makes a catch as he runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
RENTON, WA- CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Ricardo Lockette of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Ricardo Lockette #83 and Michael Robinson #26 of the Seattle Seahawks runs out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 19: NFL player Ricardo Lockette arrives at the Sports Spectacular 28th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 19, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 02: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball after a catch against the New Orleans Saints during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks' Ricardo Lockette is pursued by Denver Broncos' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks' Ricardo Lockette celebrates after during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 18: Professional football player Ricardo Lockette arrives on the red carpet at the 2014 Sports Spectacular Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 18, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Sports Spectacular)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 21: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette during the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with a pass reception during the third quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 18: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks gestures to the crowd during the game against the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field on October 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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