Oct. 18, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - The football career of Washington State University senior offensive lineman Ryan Raymond has come to an end because of an apparent congenital condition of his spinal canal, Cougar head coach Mike Price announced Wednesday.
Raymond, from Moses Lake, was discovered to have a very narrow spinal canal following an MRI Monday, according to Bill Drake, WSU's head athletic trainer. The MRI had been ordered by the team medical staff after Raymond suffered a stinger last Saturday inWSU's game at Arizona.
"The average person has a spinal canal width of about 13-16 millimeters, but in Ryan's case it is about eight millimeters," Drake said. "The decision for Ryan not to play football was made after this information came to light and after discussions with a sports medicine spine specialist."
The end of Ryan Raymond's football career comes nearly a month after his twin brother Reed, also a starter on the Cougar offensive line, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the California game Sept. 30.
Ryan Raymond started six games last year as a junior and had started the last five games this season. He missed WSU's opener against Stanford after suffering a knee sprain during fall camp, but returned to the starting lineup at Utah.
His brother Reed had started 24 games in his Cougar career, all 11 in 1998, nine last season and the first four this season.
"It would seem these two outstanding young men are having the worst of bad luck right now," Price said. "While I feel real bad about Ryan not being able to play any more football, it is very important his health problem was discovered now and for that I am thankful."
"The one thing I can promise both Ryan and Reed is this staff, this football program and this university will do everything we can to help them and their family in every way possible," Price added.