Cassanova McKinzy Injury: Updates on Auburn LB's Status, Likely Return Date
Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy has movement in his arms and legs after suffering a scary injury to his head/neck area in the first quarter of Saturday night's game against Ole Miss.
Bryan Matthews of 247 Sports first reported the injury, from which McKinzy needed a stretcher to take him off the field:
As of Wed, Oct. 9 he was back to the top of the depth chart at linebacker.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
From Alex Byington of the Opelika-Auburn News:
Malzahn: Cassanova McKinzy is back "100-percent" and Justin Garrett will not play Sat., will be "week-to-week."— Alex Byington (@AUBlog) October 11, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From Brandon Marcello of AL.com:
Cassanova McKinzy has returned to practice and is the first player on Auburn's depth chart at Will linebacker following a neck injury last week.
McKinzy has practiced the last two days, coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday.
McKinzy was injured on the final play of the first quarter of Saturday's contest, with the Tigers ahead 13-3. He was attempting to give chase to Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace in the backfield and dove low on the tackle, colliding with Wallace and Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Wallace completed the pass to Jeff Scott for six yards.
After the play's conclusion, McKinzy lay motionless on the field for an extended period. He was attended to by trainers and other medical staff at Tigers Stadium, who worked on stabilizing his neck and putting him onto a stretcher.
Ole Miss players clap for Cassanova McKinzy. Tough thing for everyone to see, you know? pic.twitter.com/omo90w9jNj— Jay G. Tate (@JayGTate) October 5, 2013
He was then carted off the field and will be taken to the hospital for further evaluation. The Drive on ESPN Radio 106.5 confirmed he had movement in all of his extremities and that he has been sent to East Alabama Medical Center:
McKinzy has movement in all extremities. He was taken to EAMC.— The Drive ESPN 106.5 (@TheDriveESPNAU) October 6, 2013
A sophomore, McKinzy is in his first year as a full-time starter for Auburn. He compiled 21 total tackles (11 solo) and had 1.5 sacks in the Tigers' first four games of the season.
Gus Malzahn's team is 3-1 heading into Saturday night and is looking for its first win over a ranked opponent. Ole Miss is currently the No. 24 team in the Associated Press poll.
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