Damarcus Thomas, a freshman tight end at Ole Miss, was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital after he sustained an injury in practice. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin told the media that Thomas lay motionless without feeling in his body for several minutes, ultimately regaining feeling before he was transported to the hospital.
“Obviously hopefully this is some severe stinger,” Kiffin said, via the Clarion Ledger. “I did ask them, the medical staff. They said that that does happen sometimes. I’m just praying that that’s somehow what it is.”
“They keep touching him going ‘Do you feel this? Do you feel this?’ He keeps saying, ‘No,'” Kiffin continued. “And you’re thinking about your own kid. I don’t know. That’s the first time I’d seen something where I just called [Kiffin’s son] Knox’s mom and said I couldn’t care less whether he ever plays football ever after seeing that.”
“It was just a normal football play,” Ole Miss running back Jerrion Ealy said, via 247. “A freak accident. We’re praying for DJ (DaMarcus Thomas). Hopefully he has a speedy recovery. We’re just all praying for him, and we really hope to have him back soon … We didn’t really know what happened or what’s happening right now. We’re all just in shock, you know. I can’t really say too much about it…just shock. Just one of those freak accidents that happens on the football field that you only hear about, you just never really see. It’s kind of just eye-opening.”
It goes without saying, we are keeping Damarcus Thomas in our thoughts.
Update: Positive news from Ole Miss:
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Positive news on Damarcus. 🙏 More updates to come. pic.twitter.com/pcp59UEyxA
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 2, 2020
And, here is an even better update!
UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): Prayers answered 🙌 pic.twitter.com/S5z0TkZDN3
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 3, 2020