Yale senior scheduled to leave hospital
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Yale University announced Jesse Reising, a senior linebacker who was injured against Harvard this past Saturday, is scheduled to be released from a Boston hospital on Tuesday.
Yale's athletic department has been flooded with inquiries on Reising's status from around the country. The Decatur, Ill., resident did not suffer spinal damage, but he has other concerns, Yale announced.
"Right now, my nerves aren't firing to my right arm like they're supposed to," Reising told the Yale Sports Publicity Office in an email. "However, I still have too much swelling in my neck and shoulder for the doctors to reach any conclusions yet. Three weeks from now, I'll have more tests done to determine whether I tore some nerves, and possibly have them re-attached three months from now. However, I'm making rapid progress in regaining motor functions, and I expect a full recovery."
Yale lost its rivalry game at Harvard Stadium, 28-21. Reising never blacked out on the field and has vivid memory of what happened on the fourth-quarter pass play to Harvard running back Gino Gordon, who was shaken up on the play but got up and walked to the sideline.
"I remembered breaking on the ball when Harvard's quarterback threw it," Reising wrote in his email. "Once Gordon caught the ball, I knew that I had him lined up to deliver a big hit. I tried to put my helmet on the ball to knock the ball out, but apparently he lowered his head right before I hit him. I don't think I was ever unconscious, but my nerves weren't quite responding like they were supposed to, and I couldn't move. I asked the medical staff whether my arm looked like it was dislocated, whether it was a knock-back tackle and whether I got the ball out."
A flag was called against Reising for helmet-to-helmet contact, but officials didn't announce the penalty.
"I appreciate that the Yale community, football family, and others have been very supportive of my efforts towards a full and speedy recovery," Reising wrote.
11/23 11:47:51 ET