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Kylin Hill, Jonathan Ward carted off after collision on kickoff return

The Packers are on a six-game winning spree, but Kyler Murray and the undefeated Cardinals will pose the biggest challenge the Green Bay defense has seen all season.

The NFL has tinkered with kickoff rules to try to make the play safer. The league can use a Cardinals’ kickoff after a touchdown in the third quarter as Exhibit A.

The Cardinals scored on a 2-yard run by James Conner with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter to draw within 17-14.

But on the ensuing kickoff from Matt Prater, Kylin Hill returned it from 4 yards deep in the end zone. Jonathan Ward stuck his helmet into Hill’s lower legs, injuring both players in a scary collision at the 9-yard line.

Hill got onto a cart, and the Packers have ruled him out with a knee injury.

Ward, who appeared briefly knocked out, remained down for a few minutes as the team’s medical personnel cut off his facemask and strapped him onto a backboard. He gave a thumb’s up as he was carted to the training room.

The entire Cardinals team circled the cart to wish Ward well before he left the field.

The Cardinals announced Ward is being evaluated for a concussion and a neck injury, but he does have movement in his extremities.