Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchel was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Razorbacks' game against Louisiana-Monroe Saturday evening.
Mitchel collided with teammate Alonzo Highsmith on a Warhawks pass attempt. The crowns of each player's helmet clashed, and Mitchel immediately fell backward.
UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 12:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Mitchel is going to miss the game on Saturday against Alabama, but not for the reason you might expect. From Edward Aschoff of ESPN:
John L. Smith said Tevin Mitchel will miss the #Bama game because of a removed gallbladder that wasn't related to his injury Saturday— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 12, 2012
From the sound of it, Mitchel's recovery from what was a scary neck injury and concussion on Saturday night is coming along just fine.
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 2:38 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
Tevin Mitchell is doubtful for Saturday's game against Alabama, and that is great news. After a frightening neck injury, it is a relief that anyone is concerned about football, and that he is healthy enough to have any status but out.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy tweeted out the update.
Arkansas starting CB Tevin Mitchel doubtful for Alabama on Saturday, John L. Smith said— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 9, 2012
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This is a serious situation, but ESPN reporter Tommy Craft had this to say regarding the defensive back's status Saturday evening:
ESPNU reports Tevin Mitchell Verbally Responsive according to Doctors— Tommy Craft (@TommyCraft_ESPN) September 9, 2012
Sadly, this wasn't Saturday's only tragic event. Earlier in the day, Tulane safety Devon Walker was carried off the field on a stretcher in their contest against Tulsa.
Things like this remind everyone that football, in the end, is just a game. Diehard fan or not, incidents like this serve as a harsh reality check to all observers.
Mitchel's situation still isn't known in full, but Craft's report is encouraging. "Responsive," is exactly what you want to hear in a scary situation such as this.
Though he didn't show motion in any of his extremities, the corner did show some signs of awareness while being carried off.
Saturday's college football action had its share of upset bids, but two tragic injuries should upset spectators in a different way. Mitchel's incident placed a gloomy pall over Razorback Stadium, as all players took a knee.
Stay tuned for more updates concerning this unfortunate situation.