The BYU Cougars had a pretty scary incident happen at practice on Tuesday afternoon. While no details of what exactly happened are available at this time, it was reported that BYU linebacker Colby Jorgensen was rushed to the hospital and admitted for emergency surgery after he injured his neck.
According to College Football Talk, Colby’s brother Austen told the Provo Daily News via phone interview that his brother had suffered a fractured neck and slipped a disk. Austen continued to say his brother was “pretty lucky he didn’t end up paralyzed.”
From The Daily News report:
As of 8 p.m. [MST] Tuesday, Austin said Colby was in his third hour of a five-to-six-hour surgery to put in two rods, one in the back of the neck and one in the front to stabilize the neck.
“It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Austen said. “We’ll know the exact details after he comes out of surgery. The doctors were confident that there wouldn’t be any hiccups but they need to do the back, then flip him over and do the front.”
Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune was at the practice prior to the incident and reported via Twitter that it had been a rather intense day of work.
At least 4 BYU players collapsed with heat exhaustion-like symptoms after the intense conditioning drills and needed attention from trainers
— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 11, 2015
Colby was a 2011 signee with the Cougars and redshirted that season. He took a mission trip the next two seasons and was back on the roster in 2014. He recently changed from tight end to linebacker this summer, but has yet to see any playing time in his two seasons with the Cougars.
We at Campus Sports wish Colby a quick and full recovery from this scary injury.
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