Jordan Sullen Injury: Updates on Tulane CB's Status and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2013

Dec 21, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Jordan Sullen (22) celebrates with teammate Lorenzo Doss (6) after a second quarter interception against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Tulane cornerback Jordan Sullen looks to averted what could've been a scary injury during the Green Wave's New Orleans Bowl matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 21.

Brett Martel of the Associated Press reported that Sullen was knocked out after having his head snapped back on a tackle. After some initial worry, Sullen was able to get back to his feet:

#Tulane CB Jordan Sullen injured. Appears serious. May have been knocked out. His head hit ball carrier's leg, snapped back.

— Brett Martel (@brettmartel) December 22, 2013

Sullen appears to be moving, but trainers trying to keep him still and want to put him on stretcher.

— Brett Martel (@brettmartel) December 22, 2013

Sullen is up, but probably done.

— Brett Martel (@brettmartel) December 22, 2013

Sullen stood up and then sat on stretcher. He'll be carted off for observation.

— Brett Martel (@brettmartel) December 22, 2013

ESPN's Joe Schad reported that the senior corner didn't suffer a neck injury:

Tulane DB Jordan Sullen was unconscious and is being taken to hospital for precaution but no apparent neck injury per doctor

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 22, 2013

Coming into the game, Sullen was seventh on Tulane in tackles (44). He also deflected 12 passes and broke up another 10.

Any time you see an injury like Sullen's you hope for the best, but your mind automatically jumps to the worst. Although you never want to see a player hurt, it's at least heartening to know that Sullen was only taken to the hospital for precautionary measures.

You'd expect that he'll make a full recovery in a short time.