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(ESPN)   Tulane's Devon Walker suffered a broken neck and collapsed lung after a head to head collision. Walker had to be revived on the field before being taken to emergency care in an ambulance   (espn.go.com) divider line 80
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2012-09-08 05:08:28 PM  
Dear me...... DANG.......

That is just...... wow
 
2012-09-08 05:13:46 PM  
Just saw this during halftime of the Michigan / Air Force game. Definitely a reminder of just how unimportant these games are in the scheme of things.

Godspeed, Devon Walker. I hope that the injury wasn't anywhere near as bad as it looked, though the "stopped breathing" part makes me think the worst. :(
 
2012-09-08 05:15:59 PM  
Holy crap...sending thoughts and prayers your way, young man.
 
2012-09-08 05:16:37 PM  
i sincerely hope he walks away from this. thankfully the on field medical crew responded appropriately and saved his life
 
2012-09-08 05:20:51 PM  
Oh dear Lord that boy... best wishes doesn't even begin....
 
2012-09-08 05:21:33 PM  
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2012-09-08 05:31:14 PM  
Bad break, no pun intended. Kid's hurt bad. He stopped breathing when they took the pads and helmet off him. No updates since the initial. trying to follow on local media in Louisiana, but it's Saturday, and I'm not in the NOLA market.
 
2012-09-08 05:32:45 PM  
I was there. The hit was pretty nasty live and two teammates to boot.

All of us in the crowd prayed for his health (I'm an atheist and still prayed for him cause something's are bigger than me and it sure wasnt going to hurt the young man or my delicate sensibilities) and it was clear from that point on all of us only cared about this young mans health.


With Tulsa great Dennis Byrd having a similar injury playing for the NY jets we are with this young man 100%.
 
2012-09-08 05:33:49 PM  
Broken neck collapsed lung and a tracetomy done on the field to resutate him.
 
2012-09-08 05:34:47 PM  
So here's the question, since he stopped breathing after they took the helmet and pads off him--did they not properly stabilize his neck before they did that? Because it sounds kind of like they made the injury worse.
 
2012-09-08 05:39:51 PM  
Did they cover the spread?
 
2012-09-08 05:43:10 PM  
I came here to biatch about cheap shots, and then watched the video. Dear Heavenly Father! And his mother was watching it on TV. I'm now sitting here sick to my stomach. Please let the initial reports be wrong, please please, please.
 
2012-09-08 05:54:59 PM  
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2012-09-08 05:55:35 PM  
I hope to god he recovers. That the doctors are wrong.
 
2012-09-08 06:00:43 PM  
Anyone read any updates since this afternoon?
 
2012-09-08 06:02:18 PM  

animesucks: i sincerely hope he walks away from this. thankfully the on field medical crew responded appropriately and saved his life


you don't walk away from a broken neck
 
2012-09-08 06:03:08 PM  
How bad did the hit look?
 
2012-09-08 06:05:02 PM  
Geezus. Perspective.
 
2012-09-08 06:08:39 PM  
I am praying for this recovery and that he is OK.
 
2012-09-08 06:10:00 PM  
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1347123/walker1.gif
 
2012-09-08 06:20:21 PM  

JolobinSmokin: (I'm an atheist and still prayed for him cause something's are bigger than me and it sure wasnt going to hurt the young man or my delicate sensibilities)


Well said.
/prayed here too.
 
2012-09-08 06:30:21 PM  
I can't see the video. Was this one of those freak collisions or the guy trying to make a highlight reel tackle?
 
2012-09-08 06:42:28 PM  

toddalmighty: animesucks: i sincerely hope he walks away from this. thankfully the on field medical crew responded appropriately and saved his life

you don't walk away from a broken neck


My son did..... doc said he came within the width of a pencil lead from sitting in a wheelchair the rest of his life. Hope and pray this kid pulls through but if he broke C1 not good. But I did meet a mexican roofer who fell off the roof and broke C1 in his neck and everything turned out OK.
 
2012-09-08 06:52:22 PM  

AngryDesertDweller: toddalmighty: animesucks: i sincerely hope he walks away from this. thankfully the on field medical crew responded appropriately and saved his life

you don't walk away from a broken neck

My son did..... doc said he came within the width of a pencil lead from sitting in a wheelchair the rest of his life. Hope and pray this kid pulls through but if he broke C1 not good. But I did meet a mexican roofer who fell off the roof and broke C1 in his neck and everything turned out OK.


It's not the fracture, it's what happens to the spinal cord. Unfortunately, some amount of cord injury from a neck fracture is the rule, not the exception.

rynthetyn: So here's the question, since he stopped breathing after they took the helmet and pads off him--did they not properly stabilize his neck before they did that? Because it sounds kind of like they made the injury worse.


This. The reports have been less than clear, though.
 
2012-09-08 06:53:42 PM  
Can he play next weekend?
 
2012-09-08 07:03:06 PM  
Updated story: Per the team doctor, Walker "actually never completely lost consciousness" and was breathing, but will need spinal surgery.

It could be that the breathing difficulty was due to the collapsed lung rather than the neck injury. Not good either way, but there's a chance this may not be quite as catastrophic an injury as it first appeared.
 
2012-09-08 07:11:25 PM  
Very Scary. Thoughts and prayers to both players, teams and families.
 
2012-09-08 07:11:28 PM  
its things list this that me me care less and less about american football everyday. Sigh.
 
mjg
2012-09-08 07:15:04 PM  
This is going to effect his career in living
 
2012-09-08 07:37:01 PM  
A play leading into halftime.

This didn't need to happen.
 
2012-09-08 07:45:51 PM  
It will not be long now until someone actually dies on the field. I am afraid of the ensuing clusterfark that will surely result.
 
2012-09-08 07:52:31 PM  

TheManofPA: Anyone read any updates since this afternoon?


The latest I've read is that he's in serious but stable condition. He needs surgery for a cervical spinal fracture (broken neck), but they're waiting a couple of days for the swelling to go down.

I think there's room for hope, but we'll just have to wait and see.
 
2012-09-08 08:09:13 PM  
Scary scary moment. Reminded me of what happened to Rutgers player Eric LeGrand a few years back.

Get well soon, Walker.
 
2012-09-08 08:38:33 PM  
Purely an accident, what a shame. I hope it's not as serious as it appears to be, and he makes a good recovery - the kid's bright, getting a degree in molecular biology is nothing to sniff at.

///Still no excuse to try and pussify football
/It's a full-bore contact sport, they all know what they're getting into
 
2012-09-08 08:39:48 PM  
Poor kid...I hope he can recover.
 
2012-09-08 08:42:43 PM  
Very scary and sad day, I hope none of it is as bad as it looks.

That said, this is football. It's what the game is now. Too big, too fast, too strong. The game will either need to fundamentally change or we are all going to have to get used to this.
 
2012-09-08 09:00:16 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: I can't see the video. Was this one of those freak collisions or the guy trying to make a highlight reel tackle?


Pretty much a freak collision. Last play of the 1st half. Tulsa ball carrier is in the open field - one Tulane player is starting to bring him down (catching the ankles) while Walker and a defensive lineman come in from opposite sides. The ball carrier goes down and Walker and the lineman hit head-to-head above him. Walker immediately rolled over onto his back laying on the ball carriers legs and the head/chest of his other teammate who initiated the tackle.
It was very quick - I had to go frame by frame to see the actual collision.
 
2012-09-08 09:08:29 PM  
Glad there were medical professionals from BOTH teams there to help him.

The hit (sadly) looked just like every other paralyzing hit. Hope he has the best doctors helping him.

/I'll take that over praying
//too each his own
 
2012-09-08 09:10:49 PM  

Owangotang: Too big, too fast, too strong. The game will either need to fundamentally change or we are all going to have to get used to this.


We are already forced to "get used to this" via suicides, horrific brain injury, etc.

You just can't wear enough protective gear for car crash style collisions. Either we accept as a society that we don't care that people are shortening their lives (by choice, I guess), or it stops paying people millions to shorten their lives.
 
2012-09-08 09:11:52 PM  
Sad thing is, it was a bullshiat play. UP 35-3 Tulsa goes for it on 4th down? That's the crap that keeps college ball from being fun to watch most games.

Yea you piled on the stats and caused a kid to nearly die. Much better and more sportsman like than just punting!
 
2012-09-08 09:13:26 PM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: whizbangthedirtfarmer: I can't see the video. Was this one of those freak collisions or the guy trying to make a highlight reel tackle?

Pretty much a freak collision. Last play of the 1st half. Tulsa ball carrier is in the open field - one Tulane player is starting to bring him down (catching the ankles) while Walker and a defensive lineman come in from opposite sides. The ball carrier goes down and Walker and the lineman hit head-to-head above him. Walker immediately rolled over onto his back laying on the ball carriers legs and the head/chest of his other teammate who initiated the tackle.
It was very quick - I had to go frame by frame to see the actual collision.


They didn't even hit head to head. Walker's head hit his teammates shoulder pads. It was a complete freak play where two guys were trying to finish a tackle and collided, the only thing is Walker got caught with his head down. This is why you always bull your next and look at what your are tackling when you try to make a tackle, and never try to tackle with your head down.
 
2012-09-08 09:17:21 PM  
The clip for as long as it stays up: Link
 
2012-09-08 09:17:34 PM  
In the Oregon State-Wisconsin game, a Wisconsin player was knocked out of the game when an OSU player went helmet-to-chest. The OSU player was also hurt on the play, and he's lucky he didn't break his neck, too.

A huge hit, but a dangerous hit (much moreso to the tackler than the man who was tackled, even though he may have been more seriously injured, I'm not positive).
 
2012-09-08 09:36:01 PM  
Go back to leather helmets and these injuries don't happen.
 
2012-09-08 09:37:28 PM  

mediablitz: Owangotang: Too big, too fast, too strong. The game will either need to fundamentally change or we are all going to have to get used to this.

We are already forced to "get used to this" via suicides, horrific brain injury, etc.

You just can't wear enough protective gear for car crash style collisions. Either we accept as a society that we don't care that people are shortening their lives (by choice, I guess), or it stops paying people millions to shorten their lives.


There is no "I guess" involved, they are all choosing to play football. The risks are more well known than at anytime previous. There is a well established precedent of rewarding hazardous work with higher pay, the NFL is just an example of this to the nth degree.

The issue is not whether or not society cares about athletes shortening their own lives, they don't; it's whether or not society will watch.
 
2012-09-08 09:43:25 PM  

Owangotang: The issue is not whether or not society cares about athletes shortening their own lives, they don't; it's whether or not society will watch.


A sadly common theme. It's not just in sports, but politics.
 
2012-09-08 10:04:18 PM  

Owangotang: There is no "I guess" involved, they are all choosing to play football.


Yes, there IS an "I guess" involved. That is why former players are suing. Are they all being told about the long term repercussions?

NOPE

Just play through the pain.

Owangotang: The risks are more well known than at anytime previous


And STILL players look at other players as "hurting the team", even at high school level, for not playing through injuries, especially those you can't see (head injuries).

How many THOUSANDS of High School, NAIA, Div III and Div II players are getting quality advice? You can pretend all you want, and point to the NFL FINALLY giving lip service to the dangers for the sake of publicity. I'll point at you and laugh for doing so.
 
2012-09-08 10:05:39 PM  
Sorry. The NFL finally giving lip service because they are going to lose a HUGE court case...
 
2012-09-08 10:10:16 PM  
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"I think I broke his f*cking neck."
 
2012-09-08 10:19:20 PM  

GoldSpider: Go back to leather helmets and these injuries don't happen.


Posts like this are why we need a "Retarded" button.
 
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