The next thing the New York Jets rookie linebacker knew, he was waking up in a hospital bed.
"I'm thinking to myself, `OK, how did I get in the hospital? I thought I was just on the field,'" Mauldin recalled Wednesday. "I had known something had to have happened because I wasn't on the field and I wasn't on the bus to go home after the win."
Mauldin was involved in a scary scene at MetLife Stadium, suffering a concussion in the Jets' season opener against the Browns on Sept. 13. In the fourth quarter of New York's 31-10 victory, Mauldin closed in on Manziel and punched the ball out of his hands as Muhammad Wilkerson sacked him.
Manziel rolled onto Mauldin, who stayed down for several moments before standing, taking two steps and dropping to the turf.
"I think I took a blow to the jaw or something," Mauldin said while speaking to reporters for the first time since the injury. "I had a migraine before that play, but it was going away. I'm thinking that it maybe triggered something. They say I caused a fumble, but I couldn't even enjoy that because I don't remember it."