Tulane Safety Walker to Undergo Surgery After Fracturing Spine

Tulane University safety Devon Walker will undergo surgery after fracturing his spine during yesterday’s 45-10 loss to the University of Tulsa.

Walker is in a stable condition in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will need surgery in the “next day or so,” Buddy Savoie, a Tulane team doctor, said at a news conference after the game.

Walker, a senior at the New Orleans-based school majoring in cell and molecular biology, was injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision with teammate Julius Warmsley on the final play of the first half at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa. Walker was taken from the field in an ambulance.

“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.”

Walker has some feeling in his arms and legs, Greg Stewart, a Tulane team doctor, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The player is being treated for swelling to the neck and is in traction, Tulane said in a statement last night.

The game was the first for the schools this season in the Conference USA portion of their football schedules.

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