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College Football Season Off to a Rough Start

With the NFL starting this afternoon, football is now officially a hundred percent underway.  Of course, with any new football season comes the renewed concern for player injury.  Yesterday, that concern didn’t do much to keep a trio of players from being carted off the field in what felt like one of the rougher weekends in college football.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson had to be taken out of the game for the second half after taking a shot to the head in a loss against Louisiana Monroe.  He had to stay in Little Rock overnight, but is still expected to play next weekend against Alabama.  If ULM can knock him out, I’d hate to see what the Crimson Tide will do.

Even worse, Indiana QB Tre Roberson is now out for the year after suffering a broken leg against Massachusetts that caused him to have to leave in an ambulance.  Roberson had scored three touchdowns by the time of his injury early in the second quarter; two rushing and one passing.  Now he’ll have to redshirt the rest of the year and hopefully make a recovery by next year.

By far the most severe of the injuries, though, was sustained by Tulane safety Devon Walker just before halftime against Tulsa.  Walker had come in for a hit against a ball-carrying Tulsa player when he suffered a helmet-to-helmet shot.  As a result of the tackle, he suffered a fractured spine and collapsed lung, and medical staff had to perform an emergency tracheotomy on the field.  Walker is currently in the hospital, and is expected to undergo surgery in the next few days.

We’ve been fortunate to have avoided similar injuries so far (knocked on every piece of wood within twenty feet of me), and hopefully the recent rash of injuries has just been a fluke.  Regardless of what happens in the coming weeks, we can only hope that these players make a healthy recovery.

Article written by Corey Nichols

9 Comments for College Football Season Off to a Rough Start

  1. Jezz
    4:52 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    The sport has to change.

    Football has to evolve towards rugby. No helmets, big hits anyways, no life-threatening injuries, no permanent damage.

  2. Tc
    5:13 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    Recent rash of injuries?????

    Are u dumb? It’s football. Injuries have been happening for a century. Stupid post

  3. Big Mike
    5:51 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN is saying that Walker didn’t have tracheotomy performed period and his lung didn’t collapse. That might ought to be edited.

  4. Jo
    6:07 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    All other media outlets reported this morning that try did not have to perform a tracheotomy and that his lung was not collapsed. They did perform CPR on him though. Best wishes to him.

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  6. JBR
    6:24 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    Football is a physical sport. I hate to see any player get injured, but that is part of this game. Some of the rules are justified, but it is starting to get to the point that the fundamental nature of the game is going to change if they continue to water it down. The point is this…it is a physical game…the players know this going in. The pro’s get paid very large sums of money to play, and again, know this when they sign the contract.

    I am sorry, but I am a purist…reasonable attempts to make subtle rules that will not take away from the game itself are a good thing…thinking like #1 is weak. If a guy is scared to get hurt playing football, then perhaps he should be playing rugby instead…don’t ruin the sport for everyone else just because you do not like the risk.

  7. johnnywho
    7:25 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    Why would the Indiana QB get to redshirt? They have played 2 games already. I thought once you played you couldn’t get that year back.

  8. Straight_J
    1:18 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    No collapsed lung or tracheostomy. A local ABC affiliate and ESPN originally reported that he had a collapsed lung and underwent a tracheostomy, both based on information from a Tulane trainer, but the Tulane team doctor denied that and ESPN has since retracted the report.

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