ABC News - Tulane Football Devon Walker Awake, Recovering After Mid-Game Spinal Injury

Tulane University football player Devon Walker is recovering from a spinal fracture he suffered at a Saturday game. It may be weeks or even years before doctors fully understand the severity of Walker's injury, said Dr. Arthur Jenkins, who specializes in studying and treating spinal injuries at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

 – September 10, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Tulane University football player Devon Walker is recovering from a spinal fracture he suffered at a Saturday game. It may be weeks or even years before doctors fully understand the severity of Walker's injury, said Dr. Arthur Jenkins, who specializes in studying and treating spinal injuries at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "It also could be years before his final degree of neurologic recovery becomes clear," Jenkins told ABC News. "Even severely neurologically impaired patients can improve function over a long time period.” Jenkins, who has researched and treated spinal injuries for more than 15 years, said that at this point, Walker has most likely reached the peak period for spinal swelling, which will give his doctors critical signs about how well he may recover. Read more