Colby Jorgensen

COLBY JORGENSEN, sophomore linebacker with BYU, collided with an offensive player in practice on 8/11/15 and lay motionless on the turf for 20 minutes with a broken neck and a slipped disc.  After being attended to by team medical personnel, he underwent emergency surgery later that day for a fracture-dislocation of the cervical spine and had 2 rods inserted in the front and back of his neck.  “It was pretty close,” his brother, Austen, said. “He’s pretty lucky he didn’t end up paralyzed.  I guess it was resting against his spinal cord.”  Austen said the family has seen more than its share of serious injuries, including Colby having to recover from a shredded spleen while in high school at Timpview that could’ve killed him.  Colby was married to his wife Lydia just a week prior.  He’s now facing a 6-month recovery process.–“BYU football linebacker Colby Jorgensen’s emergency surgery goes well after neck fracture”, HeraldExtra.com 8/12/15, Jared Lloyd.  “BYU’s Jorgensen suffers serious neck injury, undergoes successful surgery”, DeseretNews.com 8/12/15, Jeff Call.

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