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Updated: Tulane DB has fractured spine

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There is, unfortunately, some terrible news from the college football world today. Tulane safety Devon Walker has been taken from the field at Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium in an ambulance. 

Walker was involved in a hard hit at the end of the half with the Green Wave down 35-3 to Tulsa (which would go on to win 45-10). Walker went down upon impact, and according to Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World, has been receiving what appears to be CPR by medical personnel.

FOX later reported that Walker stopped breathing, but is in stable condition now.

A TU trainer told John Moss of KTUL in Tulsa that Walker suffered a broken neck and collapsed lung. He had to be revived on the field and a tracheotomy was performed. Team Dr. Buddy Savoie said after the game that Walker has a fractured spine and will need surgery.

“He was stable when we transported him,” Savoie said. “I do not think, based on the information we have, his life was ever in danger.”

We will have more on this as it develops, but please, if you are so inclined, keep Walker in your thoughts and prayers.

(Photo credit: Tulane athletics)

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26 Responses to “Updated: Tulane DB has fractured spine”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2012 2:11 PM

    First about a week ago the Tulane coach Curtis Johnson is in the hospital. Now starting safety Devon Walker. None of this is good and it must be distracting for the team as well. We hope that Devon will be fine and will be healthy.

  2. tuckfexas says: Sep 8, 2012 2:22 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure they’re worried about “distractions” when one of their players is getting CPR performed on him on the field. Jesus.

  3. phillyphann83 says: Sep 8, 2012 3:31 PM

    Reports coming in that its a broken neck. Thoughts and prayers are with him.

  4. phillyphann83 says: Sep 8, 2012 3:37 PM

    He apparently also suffered a collapsed lung and medics performed a tracheotomy on the field.

  5. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2012 3:54 PM

    I am really sorry to hear of this. I observed Devon last week in one practice in preparation for this game and he was so full of life and joy of playing.

    Reports are that his family has been called and at least several are on their way to Tulsa at this time. Yes, tuckfexas, the family has asked all to call on Jesus for Devon. We see you anticipated that and started already.

  6. bluefunk72 says: Sep 8, 2012 3:57 PM

    Very reminiscent of when former Lion Reggie Brown broke his neck against the Jets years ago.

  7. steeler1nation says: Sep 8, 2012 3:59 PM

    Prayers to this man & thank God for the quick reaction by the first responding medics on the field, who very well may have saved his life.
    Carpe diem — each day is a gift…it can all change in the blink of an eye. Be thankful for each day.

  8. sabatimus says: Sep 8, 2012 4:01 PM

    Oh holy crap :(

  9. husker82 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:08 PM

    I’m sure I can speak for Husker fans when I say we are all praying for Devon and his family. May God bless him and speed his recovery.

  10. orthomarine says: Sep 8, 2012 5:21 PM

    May God be with him

  11. laserw says: Sep 8, 2012 5:23 PM

    Time to make a virtual prayer circle for this athlete and that he is able to recover with full use of his limbs. Please keep this kid in your prayers. No one deserves this.

  12. tigersgeaux says: Sep 8, 2012 5:25 PM

    I lost my breath when I saw that play. I knew something horrid happened. It did. My God. That is aweful. My prayers are with this young man and his family.

    Does anyone know if the medic(s) who did the trach had military experience? Acting so quickly reminds me of medics I remember on the field of battle. If this medic had not responded so quickly, I think Devon…well I believe the medic saved his life.

  13. sd1024 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:26 PM

    Everyone with no life giving thumbs down to well-wishing posts deserves the broken neck.

  14. Revolution22 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:25 PM

    This is absolutely horrible. My thoughts, and prayers are with this kid, and his family. So much life ahead of him, and look what happens… It isn’t fair at all, but that’s life, I guess.

  15. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 7:01 PM

    Devon is a senior out of New Orleans, but I don’t know his high school.

    Nothing helps more than immediate, competent medical care.

    All the best for Devon and his teammates.

  16. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 8, 2012 7:06 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with this young man (as well as his family,friends,teammates).
    Not sure what to make of the comment “his life was never in danger.” If they did CPR on him, that means he had no pulse. Seems pretty dangerous to me.
    Kudos to the medical staff who treated him!
    Once again, sending prayers to everyone affected by this.

  17. onbucky96 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:55 PM

    A trac in the field and his life wasn’t in danger? Christ…thoughts and prayers from Badger Nation.

  18. dracon7115 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:25 PM

    I never ever wish such a tragic accident on anyone I send my thoughts love and prayers to Jesus for Devon his team family and we are with you Devon we pray for you …from the Fighting Irish faithful in Southbend and Nationwide

  19. parkcityute says: Sep 8, 2012 8:29 PM

    It appears to me that the medics saved Devon’s life by performing a tracheotomy on the field enabling him to breathe. That would seem to me that in order to do this emergency procedure that Devon’s life was in danger. I am sure glad those particular medics were there. May Devon receive the very best of care and fully recuperate, that is my prayer. May his loved ones coming to his side all have travel mercies and God speed.

    You are a great bunch of posters here. I definitely join in the virtual prayer chain for Devon.

  20. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    Is a trach indicated for a collapsed lung?

  21. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 8, 2012 9:42 PM

    It is horrible that anyone should suffer such an injury but more so in his case because he is an actual student athlete studying molecular biology unlike some ‘student athletes’ who major in basketweaving and other such non-majors just to keep them eligible for gameday.

    I hope he can resume his chosen path.

  22. iloveflorio says: Sep 8, 2012 10:55 PM

    God bless you man. Our prayers r with u and ur family.

  23. cosanostra71 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:02 AM

    Thoughts with him and his family… I hope he has a swift and full recovery.

  24. omniusprime says: Sep 9, 2012 9:10 AM

    Best wishes to Devon Walker, hope he can recover fully from such a serious injury.

  25. gilamu says: Sep 9, 2012 9:10 AM

    cometkazie – Devon was an honors student at Destrehan High School in Destrehan, about 20 miles west of New Orleans.

  26. cometkazie says: Sep 10, 2012 7:52 AM

    Thanks, gilamu. The Tulane web site says NO.

    Majoring in molecular biology, not an easy major.

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