Tulane player fractures spine at Tulsa

By Rochelle Hines and Justin Juozapavicius

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Sept. 9 2012 12:58 a.m. MDT

In this photo provided by the University of Tulsa, Tulane's Devon Walker (18) and Julius Warmsley (92) tackle Tulsa's Kenny Welcome during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. On this play, Walker was seriously hurt. (AP Photo/University of Tulsa, John Lew)

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — Tulane safety Devon Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during a game in Tulsa, the team doctor said Saturday.

Dr. Buddy Savoie said during a postgame news conference that Walker is in stable condition and will need spinal surgery in the "the next day or two."

"He was stable when we transported him," Savoie said. "I do not think, based on the information we have, his life was ever in danger."

Tulsa was leading 35-3 and facing a fourth-and-2 with the ball at the 33-yard line when the Golden Hurricane called timeout. Tulane then called timeout.

When play resumed, Tulsa quarterback Cody Green tossed a short pass to Willie Carter, who caught it at about the 28, and turned upfield. He was tackled around the 18-yard line, with defensive tackle Julius Warmsley and Walker sandwiching him and apparently smashing the crowns of their helmets into each other.

Medical personnel from both teams came out about 12:37 p.m. to attend to Walker as he lay on the field.

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