Scary Stuff: Tulane Safety Devon Walker In Stable Condition After Breaking His Neck (Video)
Wow, nothing kills the football buzz that accompanies a new season like a horrific injury that might very well leave a promising young athlete paralyzed for the rest of his life.
On Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tulane safety Devon Walker suffered a collapsed lung and a cervical spine fracture—more commonly known as a broken neck—during a nasty helmet-on-helmet collision with Tulane teammate Julius Warmsley.
Walker made a lunging attempt to tackle Tulsa running back Willie Carter but collided head-on with his teammate instead.
The play occurred just before halftime, and left Walker motionless and unable to breath. Fortunately the young man was revived on the field with CPR, then carted off and taken to Tulsa’s St. Francis Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
On Sunday, Walker underwent a three-hour surgery to stabilize his spine. However, he is still in the ICU, and it will be another several days before doctors can assess what his condition will be going forward. So if you’re the praying type, or even if you’re just a “sending positive vibes out into the universe” kind of person, I’m sure the kid would appreciate whatever you can spare.
In any case, here’s the play that left Walker injured. Walker is number 18, and you see his head collide with Warmsley’s at the 0:05 mark.
Hat Tip – [Dr. Saturday]