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Tulane safety Walker fractures spine

Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Tulane safety Devon Walker fractured his spine during Saturday's game against Tulsa.

Walker was hurt while making a tackle in the first half of the 45-10 loss when his helmet collided with the helmet of a teammate. He left in an ambulance and was taken to the hospital.

"Tulsa medical staff did a great job taking care of him. Full compliments to them," Tulane physician Buddy Savoie said. "He is at the hospital right now, and he is stable. Currently he is in traction. He did sustain a cervical spine fracture. He has a lot of edema in his neck. He is currently in traction, and he is being treated for that edema, and the plan currently is for him to have surgery in the next day or two. There are great spine surgeons involved, and that is all that we know at the moment."

Savoie went on to say that Walker "actually never completely lost consciousness" and was breathing.

"There are always concerns about stability, but he is stable right now and he was stable when we transported him," Savoie said. "I do not think based on the information that I have that his life was ever in danger or at risk. I think the medical staff, both our Tulane trainers and Tulsa medical team did a fantastic job stabilizing this young man with a severe injury."

09/08 20:42:55 ET