September 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Brandon Coleman (17) runs away from Tulane Green Wave cornerback Darion Monroe (2) and safety Devon Walker (18) for a touchdown during their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rutgers won, 24-12. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook - US PRESSWIRE

Tulane Safety Devon Walker Undergoes First Surgery, Now Recovering

Tulane safety Devon Walker required CPR on the field after he stopped breathing following a big hit in the first half of Saturday's game against Tulsa. He was eventually stabilized before leaving the field in an ambulance. He's since undergone surgery and is recovering.

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Tulane safety Devon Walker rehabbing spinal injury

Walker and his family have left Tulsa for an undisclosed in-patient rehabilitation center as Walker recovers from a spinal fracture.

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Devon Walker's Family: Medical Care Has Been 'Outstanding'

The family of injured Tulane safety Devon Walker released a statement in thanks of supporters following Walker's brutal injury against Tulsa on Saturday. As the result of a collision with his own teammate, Walker suffered a broken neck and collapsed lung. Walker underwent surgery on Sunday to stabilize his spine, and is currently "awake and recovering."

Tulane Athletics Director Rick Dickson read the statement on the family's behalf:

"We have been overwhelmed by the amount of concerned well wishes we have received from all over the world. Although we cannot respond individually to all, we thank everyone for the love and support shown to Devon and our family. The medical care that our son has received so far has been outstanding. We are also very grateful for the care and concern shown to us by those here at Tulsa University, in the City of Tulsa, at Tulane University and of course by everyone at home in New Orleans.

"We appreciate you respecting our family's request for privacy. We do ask that you continue to keep Devon in your prayers."

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Devon Walker Injury: Tulane Safety Fractures Cervical Spine, To Have Surgery

Tulane safety Devon Walker has a cervical spine fracture and will undergo surgery in the next two days, says Tulane team doctor Buddy Savoie (via KTUL Tulsa's John Moss.)

Walker suffered the injury just before halftime of Tulane's game against Tulsa. After a massive collision with a teammate he was breathing but unresponsive on the field, and CPR and an emergency tracheotomy were performed. An ambulance was brought on to the field, and Walker was responsive by the time he was taken to the hospital. In addition to the cervical fracture, Walker suffered a collapsed lung.

Walker sustained the injury while trying to make a tackle, where both he and a teammate missed, and he collided head-to-head with a defensive tackle nearly 100 pounds heavier. A GIF of the injury can be found here.

Walker is a senior who has collected 47 tackles, four pass break-ups, and a forced fumble in 31 games at Tulane.

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Devon Walker Suffered Broken Neck, Collapsed Lung, According To Report

Tulane safety Devon Walker suffered a broken neck and a collapsed lung after a horrifying collision with a teammate on the final play of the first half of the Green Wave's game against Tulsa on Saturday, according to John Moss of KTUL-TV in Tulsa, OK. The collision brought an ambulance onto the field of H.A. Chapman Stadium as Walker needed immediate medical attention.

The senior from New Orleans, La. stopped breathing while on the field and had to receive CPR to be revived. An emergency tracheotomy was also performed by medical personnel. In a positive sign, Walker was breathing and responsive by the time he was taken into the ambulance, but faces a long road to recovery ahead.

Walker has amassed 47 tackles, four pass break-ups, and a forced fumble in 31 games at Tulane.

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Devon Walker Injury: Tulane Safety Hospitalized, In Stable Condition

Tulane safety Devon Walker is now in stable condition at a Tulsa hospital, according to WBRC-TV's Rick Karle.

Walker received CPR on the field during Tulane's game against Tulsa on Saturday after what looked to be a head and/or neck injury just before the half. The injury occurred while Walker attempted to make a play on the ball but instead, ran into one of his teammates. The CPR was administered when he stopped breathing at one point, but he was breathing and responsive before getting in the ambulance and leaving the field.

The former walk-on does a little bit of everything for the Green Wave as he plays on special teams and in the secondary, appearing in 30 games during his first three seasons with the team.

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Devon Walker Injury: Tulane Safety Receives CPR On Field, Leaves In Ambulance

Tulane safety Devon Walker was taken off the field in an ambulance at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. after having CPR administered to him following an apparent head and/or neck injury in the Green Wave's game against Tulsa on Saturday.

The injury occurred on the final play of the first half, as Walker attempted to make a play on a Tulsa player, but inadvertently collided with his own teammate instead.

Walker stopped breathing at one point after medical personnel removed his helmet and shoulder pads. However, it was confirmed that Walker was breathing and responsive by the time he was loaded into the ambulance.

Walker, a senior from New Orleans, La., was playing in his 31st career game on Saturday. He has accumulated 47 tackles, four pass break-ups, and a forced fumble in three seasons at Tulane.

Below is the hit that injured him.

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