PROVO, UTAH – July 13, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – A BYU varsity football player is recovering from emergency surgery after fracturing his neck during practice Tuesday.
According to head coach Bronco Mendenhall, sophomore linebacker Colby Jorgenson was critically injured while making a routine tackle.
Jorgenson underwent five hours of surgery Tuesday night as doctors reinforced his spine with metal rods.
Family members say the surgery went as expected and Jorgenson now faces a long road to recovery.
The native Utah linebacker is no stranger to injury. He once tore his spleen while playing for football for Timpview High School.
Coach Mendenhall said it took a few minutes before anyone realized the severity of Jorgenson’s injury. He said coping with the accident had been hard on the team, as well as the families, and coaching staff.