Your speculations are accurate. If the injury is to the point where he does in fact need the vertebrae fused I'm nearly positive he'd be done with football for good. It's not a guarantee that this is the case, but it's not looking great right nwow.
Yes, I am pretty familiar about these things because I have gone thru them myself. A neck injury like that is very, very serious. Even if the vertebrae were fused I would think his football career SHOULD be over. RB's take hits to the head regularly; helmet-to-helmet. Going over a pile you get spun around and can land on you head; and that's not to count getting piled on by some pretty huge guys too.
My biggest fear is that Shontrelle will be told that his football career is over yet he will not accept that answer and continue to play. That is just the attitude of people that age; they think they are invincible. Again, been there done that. I really feel sorry for the guy and I really hope he gets the kind of treatment he will need. If he comes out of this feeling good and wanting to play then that'g great. He should count his blessings and quit while he is ahead.
Has to be no more than 30% a of the team's games (and you can't play in the second half of the season). The good news is 30% of 12 games is 3.6 and the NCAA rounds up, so you can play in 4 games and get a medical hardship.
Good to know, and with him not redshirting prior to this that has to help. Anyway I hope he can play again, but he needs to do what is best for his long term health.
My question. If we get an injury from Duck or White next, do we burn a RS off Nealy or Standard?
I think that unless both of them go down redshirts would stay on. We'd probably just see more of Woody. He might not be a feature back but he could have more range if we needed him too. For sure we wouldn't pull a redshirt off during a game unless all four of them went down.
Might be able to avoid a surgery or cervical fusion route with this type of treatment. Appears to be a few certified in the DM area, granted a lot of people get certified primarily for the lumbar aspect of it (low back). But hey, if it improves his chances of returning to the field and doing something he loves, might as well give it a go.
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