Indiana's Spriggs released from hospital after scary injury

Associated Press

Bloomington, Ind. — Indiana left tackle Jason Spriggs was released from a local hospital Saturday night about two hours after he was carted off the field with a feared neck injury during a game against Michigan State.

Team spokesman Jeff Keag said doctors gave him a "clean bill of health." He did not have any additional information about the injury.

Earlier, Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson told reporters Spriggs had pain in his upper neck but had movement in his extremities.

The scary scene occurred after it appeared Spriggs was hurt on a helmet-to-helmet collision with 4:54 to play. Spriggs remained face down for several minutes as trainers tended to him. A golf cart then drove onto the field and he was placed on a backboard, taken to an ambulance and transported to the hospital. Indiana went on to lose, 56-17.

"He took a hit head-on," Wilson said. "Was conscious, breathing but had some upper neck pain. Took a step and fell down."

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound junior is considered to be Indiana's top offensive lineman. His injury appeared to be another tough break for the Hoosiers (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten), who lost their top two quarterbacks with injuries that will likely end their seasons.

Starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld sustained a separated left shoulder in last week's loss at Iowa and was scheduled to undergo surgery. Backup Chris Covington was diagnosed Monday with a torn ACL.