Certain events make you forget the game at hand, and Tulane safety Devon Walker's injury against Tulsa on Saturday falls in that tragic category.
Walker was injured in a head-to-head collision with his teammate Julius Warmsley while trying to attempt a tackle at the end of the first half. KTUL-TV reporter John Moss had some news concerning the senior safety's condition:
According to a TU trainer, Walker suffered a broken neck & collapsed lung. He had to be revived on-field, & a tracheotomy was performed.— John Moss (@JohnMossTV) September 8, 2012
That report was followed by Times-Picayune reporter Tammy Nunez on NOLA.com stating that "Tulane spokesman Roger Dunaway said the Green Wave medical staff did not provide the info on Walker's injuries and Dunaway said he had no update on Walker's condition."
UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 9:32 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
Devon Walker underwent surgery on his spine on Sunday, but it will still take some time to fully know more about his condition. The news comes from ESPN's Joe Schad:
Tulane's Devon Walker underwent surgery this afternoon to stabilize his spine and it will take several days to assess his condition.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 9, 2012
Now, unfortunately, we must play the waiting game.
It could be seen as a positive sign that Walker was stable enough to undergo surgery, but we will just to somehow try to wait for updates regarding this disastrous situation.
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET by Adam Wells
According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, reports of Walker needing to be revived and a tracheotomy are false.
Tulane medical officials say Devon Walker did not stop breathing and did not need a tracheotomy contradicting some reports.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 9, 2012
Obviously, the most important thing is that Walker is in stable condition. The incident had that sense of dread surrounding it when it first happened.
I guess you can look at Dodd's update as a positive development, though Walker still has a long recovery ahead of him.
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UPDATE: Saturday, September 8 at 10:46 p.m. ET by Michael Moraitis
Tulane has issued a statement in regards to the injuries suffered by their football team's safety, Devon Walker, per ESPN.com staff.
Tulane issued a statement Saturday night on Walker's 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."
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UPDATE: Saturday, September 8 at 4:23 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
KTUL-TV reporter John Moss gave the Twitter world one more update on Saturday:
Update from #Tulane team Dr. Buddy Savoie: Walker suffered a cervical spine fracture, and is expected to undergo surgery in the next 2 days.— John Moss (@JohnMossTV) September 8, 2012
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UPDATE: Saturday, September 8 at 4:19 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Tulane released Walker's official condition via Twitter late Saturday afternoon:
Safety Devon Walker is stable in St. Francis hospital per team doctor— Tulane Football (@GreenWaveFB) September 8, 2012
This is great news considering the initial fears regarding his injuries. Keep an eye out for more updates as we get them.
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Dunaway did confirm that Walker was stable upon leaving the field.
This is obviously a very serious situation, regardless of his confirmed injuries. FOX Sports' sideline reporter stated (per CBS Sports) that "CPR had to be administered and an IV was put in to Walker on the field as he had stopped breathing. He was resuscitated and reported to be in stable condition as he left the field."
Stable is an encouraging word to see here. Watching the play happen on the field was scary, to say the least, and being stable is an encouraging step in the right direction.
We don't know the specifics concerning Walker's injuries, but there is no doubting the gravity of the incident.
Keep an eye out for updates concerning Walker's condition. Dunaway hoped to have an update by the conclusion of today's game, so we will have to wait for the details regarding his status.