More on this, and notes from practice, after the jump:
Here is an excerpt from our press release:
"Daniels, a safety from San Leandro, Calif., has missed the past week of practice due to a neck injury. Though he appeared to be improving in the first few days, follow-up tests revealed a C1 neck fracture. Throughout the past week the WSU medical staff has consulted with several neurosurgical spine specialists regarding this type of fracture and follow-up care. It was determined that it is not safe to continue playing football.
"The injury is stable and at no time has Daniels suffered any neurological damage. He will be fitted with a special hard collar and next week a procedure will fit him for a halo collar that he will wear for 8-10 weeks. Reimaging during the healing process will determine if surgery is needed."
I know people say what I am about to say all the time, but I am going to say it anyway. You never like to see things like this occur. Not to your team, not to your opponent. But you especially don't like to see something like this happen to someone like LeAndre. He is one of the most outgoing, happy and jovial individuals I have ever come across in this profession, and I wish him a full and expedient recovery.
Coach Wulff talked about the situation after practice:
With that, we move on to a few notes from today...
It was a short practice, running about 90 minutes including warm-ups. The team wore shells and helmets, but for those on the travel squad, the helmets were crimson. Since the start of camp, everyone had been in the silver helmets.
Sophomore wide receiver Gino Simone, or The Simonster as he is known in some circles, returned to practice today. He had a nice catch in a non-tackle situational scrimmage.
Freshman running back Rickey Galvin also put together a couple nice runs during the session.
Other than that, it was a pretty light day as far as notes are concerned. A lot of drills and special teams, and not a lot of hitting. To signify how light the hitting was, on one play redshirt senior defensive tackle Bernard Wolfgramm made a tackle, ending the play. How did he make the tackle? He put his hands in the air and bumped into the running back.
It was a good practice though, and Coach Wulff was definitely pleased with today's efforts.
DON'T FORGET...Tomorrow is Fan Appreciation Day at Martin Stadium from 2-3:30 p.m. The team will be signing autographs and handing out free posters. There will also be inflatable games, and the first 300 fans in attendance will receive a free WSU Football t-shirt.
Fans are asked to please enter Martin Stadium through Gate A, located next to the Ticket Office on Stadium Way. For more information, please call 509-335-0214.
See you all tomorrow!