Tulane safety Devon Walker, who was seriously injured in the Green Wave's game at Tulsa on Sept. 8, has been moved to an in-patient rehabilitation center to continue recovery efforts from a spinal injury. Both the Walker family Devon himself have issued updates on Devon's condition:
Thank you everyone for your prayers and well-wishes. This has been so hard on my family and friends. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for your generosity and support. I especially want to thank everyone who sent cards and letters. I read each and every one. They give me the inspiration to keep on pushing. Your words of encouragement are helping me so much. Thank you also to those who organize, attend and contribute in countless ways to the many fundraisers being held in my honor. I am truly blessed. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. -- Love You All, Devon Walker #18
Walker suffered a blow to the head on a collision with teammate Julius Warmsley just before halftime against Tulsa and suffered a cervical spine fracture. He underwent surgery immediately at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was held for several days following. While it was rumored that Walker suffered a collapsed lung and had a tracheotomy performed on the field, both are false, according to a Times-Picayune report.
Walker and his family have moved to a new location as of Sept. 18, but asked in the statement that the specific center not be disclosed due to privacy concerns. Walker is a New Orleans native who played Destrehan High School, just miles from Tulane.