UGA photographer from Ringgold says she has 'concussion' after 'scary' sideline collision

University of Georgia photographer from Ringgold sent to hospital after scary hit in game (Image: AP Photo/Butch Dill)

UPDATE (Saturday 11/23):

On social media, Chamberlain Smith posted this photo saying, "Me & my black eye will be cheering on the dawgs from the safety of my living room today!! See y’all on the sidelines again soon ??"

UPDATE (Tuesday):

On her social media pages, Chamberlain Smith posted the photo she took right before the collision, saying "For those of you asking if I got “the” shot, here it is!! The last thing my camera & I saw before being tackled."

UPDATE (Monday):

Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart spoke at a news conference on Monday morning about the incident involving University of Georgia photographer Chamberlain Smith.

He said, "That was a very scary moment for our players and she was motionless. We want to wish her well and thank her for all the work."

On Monday, NewsChannel 9 spoke to Smith's former professor, Mark Johnson with Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA.

Her former professor says this incident may not have happened if the sidelines weren't so crowded. He understands MVPs and donors should get special privelages to access games from the sidelines at times, but he hopes this incident motivates athletic departments to look at their sideline policies.

He believes another photographer was in front of the yellow dotted line where crews are not supposed to stand. Johnson says it appears the crew was blocking some of Smith's vision.

"There is a large amount of people hanging around on the sidelines and sometimes block our vision and that can cause problems," said Johnson.

Smith's mother shared on Instagram Monday that her daughter "is home resting and will be following up with a concussion specialist later this week."

"Chamberlain and our family are incredibly grateful for everyone's concern and well wishes!!"

UPDATE, Sunday 12:10 p.m.:

University of Georgia photographer Chamberlain Smith posted on Facebook, her first public response since an incident in Saturday night's Georgia-Auburn football game where she got inadvertently hit by a football player on the sidelines.

Smith gave this update on her condition, thanking supporters and providing details on her injuries.

"Last night was very scary, but I’m so glad to be walking away with nothing more than a concussion & some bruises. I will be home resting & recovering for the next several days, but I’m looking forward to being back on the sidelines soon! ??#godawgs"

UPDATE, Sunday 12:00 a.m. -- Chamberlain Smith's mother, Layna Smith, provided an update on her daughter's condition on Facebook around midnight Saturday -- saying she is "conscious & in good spirits."

Layna Smith continued to write:

"She has a concussion, some minor scratches & bruises but otherwise seems to be alright."


Some good news coming after a scary situation for a University of Georgia photographer from Ringgold, Georgia.

CBS Sports confirms photography intern Chamberlain Smith was sent to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama -- after getting inadvertently hit by a football player on the sidelines during the Georgia-Auburn game Saturday night.

But the University of Georgia announced Smith was released from the hospital around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Reporter Jamie Erdahl from CBS Sports says Smith was awake while being taken to the hospital and has a bruise above her right eye. She was immediately provided with medical help and minutes later was stretchered off the field.

We confirmed on Smith's Facebook page that she is from Ringgold, Georgia, and graduated from Heritage High School in 2014.

Smith's mom, Layna Smith, posted an updated on Facebook saying this:

"She is at the hospital being checked out & having several tests run. She is conscious. Praise the Lord! Our family is on our way to Opelika now. As I know more I promise to update you. Again...Thank you!

You can see the player, Georgia running back Brian Herrien, running to the sidelines and accidentally knocking Smith over. CBS Sports says both Herrien and starting quarterback Jake Fromm were seen praying in the locker room at halftime.

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