Unfortunately, there’s some frightening and sobering news coming out of Cal’s camp Monday evening.
Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News reported that Cal safety Avery Sebastian suffered what looked to observers to be a very significant head/neck injury following a collision with a teammate. According to Faraudo, Sebastian appeared to lay motionless on the practice field “for more than 15 minutes” following the collision, which occurred during a scrimmage.
An ambulance was called to the scene and, after having his head immobilized, the defensive back was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
As of this posting, there’s been no update as to the extent of Sebastian’s injury.
“We don’t have any idea the severity of it,” Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said according to the Mercury News. “As soon as we know something, we’ll put out a statement.”
Suffice to say, thoughts and prayers go out to Sebastian.
UPDATED 11:29 p.m. ET: Literally seconds after posting the original story, Cal released a statement addressing Sebastian’s status. And, thankfully, it appears to be very good news.
Here’s the school’s release, in is entirety:
Cal football player Avery Sebastian is resting at Highland Hospital in Oakland following an injury that occurred during the Golden Bears’ practice Monday. The junior safety, who was transported by ambulance, has movement in all his extremities and is expected to be released soon.
“I want to thank everyone for their positive thoughts and prayers,” Sebastian said.