Ole Miss TE DaMarcus Thomas Airlifted From Practice Field, No Feeling In Lower Body

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Damarcus Thomas needs all the prayers in the world right now after he was severely injured in Monday’s Ole Miss practice. According to head coach Lane Kiffin, he had no feeling in his entire body at first, following a football collision.

“He was hit and hasn’t moved since,” Kiffin said. “The helicopter is on its way now. I have to sit here and answer questions and do my job, but right now nothing seems very important. He got hit and never moved and hasn’t had any feeling in his entire body.”

Kiffin would come back on the media zoom around 20 minutes later saying Thomas had some initial feeling in his extremities.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that, personally,” Kiffin said. “We were a little over halfway through practice. We started moving the ball and things like you usually do, then you go back and check on him, but I don’t think there was any way to practice, seeing what we saw. Coaches want to get reps and all those things, but I could care less.”

Thomas, a four-star recruit by Rivals in the Ole Miss class of 2020, has not recorded a stat yet this season, but did see more playing time this past weekend against Vanderbilt.

“It was just a normal football play and a freak accident,” said running back Jerrion Ealy, who witnessed the scene. “We didn’t really know what happened or what’s happening right now. We’re all in shock.”

I can’t really say too much about it…just shock. Just one of those freak accidents that happens on the football field that you only hear about, you just never really see. It’s kind of just eye-opening.”