It’s too soon to tell whether Tulane safety Devon Walker will be paralyzed as the result of a spinal fracture he suffered while making a tackle, and the full extent of his injury may not be known for days, the team’s doctor said Sunday.
Dr. Greg Stewart, Tulane’s director of sports medicine, said Walker remained in stable condition in the intensive care unit of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Physicians there will plan to do surgery on Walker in the coming days, he said.
“These kind of injuries take 24, 48, sometimes 72 hours to full declare themselves,” Stewart said. “We don’t know what the long-term implications and outcomes are going to be.”
Stewart said he was with Walker on the field, in the ambulance and at the hospital Saturday. He said Walker was put into a cervical collar and couldn’t see much of what was happening, so Stewart explained what was going on. Walker was talking with doctors as he was being treated, Stewart said.
Walker’s injury occurred on the final play of the first half. Tulsa was leading, 35-3, and facing fourth-and-2 with the ball at the 33-yard line. Tulsa quarterback Cody Green tossed a short pass to Willie Carter, who caught it at about the 28 and turned upfield. He was tackled around the 17-yard line, with defensive tackle Julius Warmsley and Walker sandwiching him and apparently smashing their helmets together.
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