There was a scary situation that developed earlier this week at Houston that, based on the report, could’ve been a whole helluva lot more devastating.
The Houston Chronicle, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported that cornerback D.J. Hayden remained hospitalized Wednesday night after a scary incident at practice Tuesday. Hayden and an unnamed teammate collided, resulting in the tearing of the main blood vessel leading into the player’s heart.
The Chronicle‘s Joseph Duarte wrote on Twitter that “[i]f not for the quick action of UH training staff and hospital personnel the injury could have been fatal.”
Hayden was rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent emergency — and successful — surgery. As of last night, he was listed in critical but stable condition. How long Hayden will remain hospitalized is unknown, although it goes without saying his season is over.
Citing privacy laws, the Cougars have yet to specifically address the precise nature of the injury.
“At some point… we’ll let everybody know, but right now I’d like for people to keep D.J. and his family in their thoughts and prayers,” first-year head coach Tony Levine said Tuesday.
When asked if the injury was career-threatening, Levine said, “I can’t comment on that at this point.”
Hayden has started the past 16 games, including all nine this season. He leads the Cougars in interceptions with four, one year after being named the Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year.