Southern said the surgery was “successful” and that Gales “continues to have movement in his upper body and remains in good spirits.”
Gales was injured on a kick return during Saturday’s game and was taken off the field on a stretcher.
Georgia paid for Gales’s parents to fly from Baton Rouge to be with their son for his surgery and head coach Mark Richt and his staff went to see Gales in the hospital on Sunday.
“We’re trying to cover him up with as much love as we can and let him know that we care and let him know that we’re here to help,” Richt said, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. “We’re just going to continue to pray and I know the Bulldog Nation is behind him as well.”
Gales is a redshirt sophomore from Baton Rouge. He has one catch for 24 yards in three games this season and also made two tackles.
- Dan Gartland