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BYU LB Colby Jorgensen Fractures Neck in Practice

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.”

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. 

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