BYU sophomore linebacker Colby Jorgensen suffered a fractured neck and slipped a disc during practice on Tuesday and needed emergency surgery, according to multiple reports, including the Provo Daily Herald.
Though the five-to-six-hour surgery to place two rods (one in the back and neck) was a terrifying experience for Jorgensen’s family, doctors are saying that he will not be paralyzed.
“It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” said Colby’s brother, Austen Jorgensen. “…It was pretty close. He’s lucky he didn’t end up paralyzed. I guess it was resting against his spinal cord.”
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 12, 2015
Jorgensen (6-foot-7, 230 pounds) returned from an LDS Church mission to Calgary, Alberta, last winter and made the switch from tight end to linebacker during spring camp. He was a three-star tight end prospect coming out of high school for the recruiting class of 2011.