Tulane safety Devon Walker leaves field in ambulance, suffers broken neck

Saturday September 8th, 2012

Tulane safety Devon Walker was injured in the first half during Saturday's game at Tulsa and left the field in an ambulance.

According to a University of Tulsa trainer, Walker suffered a broken neck and a collapsed lung, reports Tulsa television station KTUL.

Television replays show one of Walker's teammates run into Walker as he attempted to make a tackle.

Walker stopped breathing for several minutes, had to be revived on-field and a tracheotomy was performed.

Walker laid on the turf for several minutes, paramedics put him on a stretcher and moved him into a waiting ambulance. Walker is now at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa. Tulsa was leading 35-3 at the time of the injury.

Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson told Fox Sports’ Desmond Purnell that Walker “was breathing again and he is stable.”

Walker, a senior, was playing in his 31st career game on Saturday.

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