There was JUST NOW a report that Devon Walker, a safety for Tulane U, actually had his heart stop but was revived.
The injury was one of those “freak” things that can happen in football. On the final play of the first half, Walker was going in for a tackle when a collision with a teammate apparently caused the injury. According to the television report, Walker lay motionless for a period of time.
Fox sideline reporter Desmond Purnell said that Walker stopped breathing briefly but responded to CPR delivered by paramedics. Walker was taken to an ambulance on the field via a stretcher, put in the back, and the doors closed. The ambulance stayed parked on the field for a few more minutes before leaving for the hospital. Scary, scary stuff.
I know it’s not NFL/Panthers news but it goes to the larger issue of, ironically, “safety” in football. Send good vibes in the direction of Tulsa today, folks…that’s where the game and the sad report comes from. With player safety and “scab” officials calling the NFL games this week, health of the players has really been in the headlines.
Keep an eye out for any mention of “Tulane” on Sportscenter to find out more details as they become available.
Walker is listed in “stable” condition at a local hospital.