Bene Benwikere Injury: Updates on San Jose State DB's Status
San Jose State cornerback Bene Benwikere suffered a frightening injury on Friday night, as he was knocked out and forced to be taken off the field on a stretcher in the third quarter against Utah State.
Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel provided the scary news but followed it up with a far more positive update:
Really, really bad injury in the SJSU game. Bene Benwikere knocked out, being prepped for stretcher. Team out on the field.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 28, 2013
Good sight: Benwikere's eyes open, waving to the crowd as he's being carted off.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 28, 2013
Benwikere was released from the hospital to return home and was tweeting on Saturday.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 29
From San Jose State:
#SJSUSpartans Injured DB Bene Benwikere diagnosed with a concussion. All tests negative. Discharged from hospital late Fri. night & is home.— Spartan Athletics (@SJSUAthletics) September 28, 2013
From Bené Benwikere:
Hello everyone!!! Thank you for all the get well wishes, texts and most importantly prayers. Much appreciated— Bene' Benwikere (@Benwik_CHOSEN1) September 28, 2013
Focus back up and accomplish these goals. #SJSU my extended family— Bene' Benwikere (@Benwik_CHOSEN1) September 29, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 28
From Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin:
An #SJSU spokesman confirms that Benwikere has feeling in all of his extremities.— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) September 28, 2013
From The Herald Journal's Wade Denniston:
Injured Spartan Bene Benwikere was taken to Valley Medical Center for further observations.— Wade Denniston (@wdbowler) September 28, 2013
Utah State football's official Twitter feed offered up its prayers for the talented youngster:
Hopefully Benwikere's ability to wave to the crowd suggests that this injury isn't as serious as originally feared.
Perhaps somewhat flying under the radar playing for a small school such as San Jose State, the senior DB has legitimate NFL potential.
He recorded seven interceptions, 11 pass deflections and two forced fumbles last season, and through three games in 2013, he had already recorded an interception, broken up a handful of passes and held his own in an impressive showing against No. 5 Stanford.
Before the season began, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks said Benwikere has the potential to be a No. 1 corner.
The ceiling is undoubtedly high for the young corner, so hopefully this scary injury only serves as a minor road bump for him.
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