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        === Houston's Hayden suffered near fatal injury in practice ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (Sports  Network)  -  Houston  cornerback  D.J.  Hayden  remains
 hospitalized in "stable yet critical condition" after suffering an injury that
 is considered 95 percent fatal.
 
 Hayden  was transported  to Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday afternoon for
 evaluation  of  an injury  sustained  from  a  collision  with a  teammate  in
 practice.
 
 He  required immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large
 vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart.
 
 "This  injury  has never been seen  or reported in association with a football
 injury  and  is more associated with  high speed motor vehicle injuries," team
 physician  Dr.  Walter Lowe said in  a statement Thursday. "The type of injury
 D.J. had is 95 percent fatal in the field and we are all very thankful for the
 coordinate  response from  the University of Houston trainers, EMS paramedics,
 the trauma team at Memorial Hermann and operating surgeon Dr. John Holcomb."
 
 Hayden has four interceptions this season for the 4-5 Cougars.
 
 "D.J.  is  a tremendous young man  and has been  a great asset to our program,
 both  on and off the field," Houston coach Tony Levine said in a statement. "I
 ask  that everyone continue  to keep D.J. and his family in their thoughts and
 prayers. We are very fortunate to have some of the nation's top physicians and
 medical  facilities just  minutes away  from our  campus and  I would  like to
 extend our appreciation for their efforts on Tuesday evening. We thank you for
 respecting the privacy of D.J. and his family at this time. We look forward to
 supporting D.J. on his road to recovery."
 
 
 11/08 20:57:29 ET