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Seattle Seahawks' John Carlson celebrates his touchdown in the first half of an NFL NFC wild card playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Carlson hospitalized overnight after head injury, expected to fly home Monday

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Update 2 p.m.

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CHICAGO -- Seattle Seahawks tight end John Carlson, a native of Litchfield, and cornerback Marcus Trufant were taken from the field on carts after getting concussions during Sunday's playoff loss to Chicago.

Coach Pete Carroll said both players were hospitalized and were expected to stay overnight for observation.

Carlson told the Tribune Sunday night via a text message that he was feeling better and would be flying home to Seattle today.

With Chicago leading 7-0, Seattle took over at its 24 and on first down, Carlson caught a pass from Matt Hasselbeck along the left sideline.

He tried to jump over Chicago's Danieal Manning but got upended, his helmet and right shoulder taking the brunt of the fall. Carlson stayed down for several minutes surrounded by medical personnel and teammates. He was seen moving his legs before being placed on a board and carted off the field.

Trufant was hurt making a tackle on Bears tight end Kellen Davis in the third quarter. His head appeared to collide with Davis' knee and he also was taken off the field on a board.

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