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Spring Practice Collision Sends UK Tight End Justin Rigg to the Hospital

Kentucky spring practice got off to a rough start.

The Wildcats had an injury scare in the first practice of the spring season this morning when Chris Westry collided with Justin Rigg.  The tight end was sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

“It was very unfortunate,” Mark Stoops said at this morning’s press conference.  “It looks like Chris will be just fine.  Justin took a pretty big shot and we wanted to take him to the hospital.”

Rigg suffered a lacerated kidney in his freshman season.  When the sophomore shared stomach complaints following the collision, the UK staff immediately called for an ambulance.  Stoops said, “everything checked out fine,” in Rigg’s preliminary tests.  He will update the tight end’s status tomorrow morning.

Stoops also reported there will be three significant playmakers missing spring practice in its entirety — wide receiver Dorian Baker, cornerback Derrick Baity and tight end C.J. Conrad.

Baker’s rehab is going according to schedule.  The wide receiver is now running and has added hard cuts to his regimen.  Conrad had a shoulder issue along with foot surgery that will keep him out until the summer.  Baity will be able to participate in a limited capacity in individual drills following offseason shoulder surgery.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 responses to “Spring Practice Collision Sends UK Tight End Justin Rigg to the Hospital”

  1. Alleykat16

    Glad to hear all good with Riggs. Those three we are going to need during this season keeping them healthy I would think is a priority.

  2. truebluefootballfan

    Glad he’s ok but the kid is softer then hot doughnuts. Perhaps football isn’t his calling. He should consider himself lucky it was a coverage corner and not a pile driving hard hitter.

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    2. bigbluehank

      I don’t know how a guy can be considered soft for suffering from a lacerated kidney.

    3. cats646

      If both of them boys was running from opposite ends of the field and collided without seeing each other then that would be one heck of a collision. I don’t think he’s soft at all.

  3. peaches76

    True blue probably speaking from experience as a D1 player than survived numerous lacerated organs and kept right on playing…or too many shots to the head.