=== Tulane safety Walker fractures spine ===
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Tulane safety Devon Walker fractured his spine
during Saturday's game against Tulsa.
Walker was hurt while making a tackle in the first half of the 45-10 loss when
his helmet collided with the helmet of a teammate. He left in an ambulance and
was taken to the hospital.
"Tulsa medical staff did a great job taking care of him. Full compliments to
them," Tulane physician Buddy Savoie said. "He is at the hospital right now,
and he is stable. Currently he is in traction. He did sustain a cervical spine
fracture. He has a lot of edema in his neck. He is currently in traction, and
he is being treated for that edema, and the plan currently is for him to have
surgery in the next day or two. There are great spine surgeons involved, and
that is all that we know at the moment."
Savoie went on to say that Walker "actually never completely lost
consciousness" and was breathing.
"There are always concerns about stability, but he is stable right now and he
was stable when we transported him," Savoie said. "I do not think based on the
information that I have that his life was ever in danger or at risk. I think
the medical staff, both our Tulane trainers and Tulsa medical team did a
fantastic job stabilizing this young man with a severe injury."
09/08 20:42:55 ET