Bills' Williams injures neck in loss to Patriots

Buffalo Bills' Aaron Williams (L) tries to tackle New England Patriots' Julian Edelman during their game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York (AFP Photo/Tom Szczerbowski)

Buffalo (AFP) - Buffalo safety Aaron Williams was examined and released from hospital after injuring his neck in the Bills' 40-32 NFL loss to New England.

Williams was hurt in the third quarter when he tried a diving tackle in a bid to stop Patriots' wide receiver Julian Edelman's 22-yard touchdown reception.

The contest was delayed more than 10 minutes as Williams was immobilized and placed on a stretcher.

Several of his teammates huddled in prayer as medical staff treated the 25-year-old and loaded him into the ambulance called to the sideline.

"Aaron injured his neck," Bills coach Rex Ryan confirmed after the game. "He was taken to the hospital for cervical precaution."

Williams's father tweeted that his son had movement in all of his extremities, and Bills medical staff later announced that after a series of tests the 25-year-old player had been released from the hospital.

"Scary for the whole stadium," Bills linebacker Preston Brown said. "We never want to see a guy get carted off. So our prayers are with Aaron, and we hope he comes back right."