Devon Gales, a wide receiver at Southern University, left the team's game against Georgia on Oct. 3 after a head-to-head collision, resulting in a spinal injury.
Southern announced Gales underwent spinal surgery on Oct. 4.
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Gales Undergoes Spinal Surgery
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Southern indicated Gales suffered several neck fractures that were stabilized during his procedure, and while he remains in the hospital, Gales continues to have movement in his upper body. The team also thanked everyone for their support in the statement:
The Gales family, along with interim athletics director Roman Banks and the entire Southern University family, would like to thank Athens General, The University of Georgia and all of the many people who aided in his care during this unfortunate event. We are extremely thankful for all of the prayers and well wishes that Devon has received from many people nationwide.
Also, special thanks to the Georgia football program and Sports Medicine staff for all of their love and support that they have shown Devon during this difficult time.
Due to the overwhelming amount of love shown to them from everyone, the family is asking for privacy at this time. They appreciate and request your continued prayers and thoughts.
If you would like to send cards or well wishes to Devon, please send them to:
C/o Devon Gales
PO Box 9942
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Gales had movement in his hands immediately following the injury, per Laura Rutledge of the SEC Network (h/t Mark Schlabach of ESPN on Sept. 26).
College Football Pays Tribute to Gales
Tuesday, Oct. 6
The Advocate posted a photo of LSU fans showing their support for Gales:
Georgia offered their thoughts and prayers to Gales:
Southern University unveiled its homecoming jerseys, featuring Gales' No. 33, via Chris Hagan of Fox 8 New Orleans:
Southern's athletic department and the Southern University System Foundation organized the Devon Gales Fund to provide assistance to Gales for medical expenses, per the Associated Press, who also provided comments from Georgia head coach Mark Richt:
"We'll do everything in our power as the Bulldog Nation to bless Devon and his family going through this time. And looking forward to seeing his progress."
A sophomore from Baton Rouge, Gales appeared in 10 games last season and had his first career reception this season in a loss against Louisiana Tech.