Sad news in the world of college football. Tulane safety Devon Walker, remains in the emergency and trauma center at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa after he suffered a collasped lung, fractured spine, and broken neck when he had a head to head collision with a team member in today’s game against Tulsa.
Walker, a 6-foot, 173-pound senior out of Destrehan High School is majoring in “Cell and Molecular Biology,” was trying to make a tackle when he collided with defensive tackle Julius Warmsley.
A spokesperson for the University made the following statement regarding Walkers condition…”Devon Walker sustained a cervical spine fracture. He is at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he is in stable condition. Currently, he is in traction with a lot of swelling in his neck and he is undergoing treatment for the swelling. The current plan is for him to have surgery in the next one to two days. He is being treated by specialists. The Tulsa physicians did a great job taking care of Devon.”
Tulane team doctor Buddy Savoie and Medical personnel from Tulsa were on the field trying to stabilize Walker who was revived on the field and a tracheotomy was performed.
As for a prognosis…specialist say it’s much too soon to tell. The extent of his spinal fracture has yet to be determined…Experts say than an injury to the neck at the first and second vertebrae in the spinal column — and especially lower in the third through fifth vertebrae — can affect respiratory muscles and the ability to breathe.
Our thought and prayers are with Walker, his family and the Tulane University football team.
Despite their 45-10 loss to Tulsa… Tulane Head coach Curtis Johnson praise the team for being able to continue and finish the game under such sad and devasting circumstances.
Updates will be posted when available.
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