PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) â€” Washington State safety LeAndre Daniels' playing career is over because of broken neck.
The school said Friday that follow-up tests on the sophomore from San Leandro, Calif., revealed a C1 neck fracture. Daniels was injured during a preseason practice this month.
Daniels started two games in 2009 before a broken leg ended his season. He had missed the past week of practice.
Coach Paul Wulff says "my heart goes out to LeAndre." He adds Daniels will stay on campus to finish his degree.
WSU said its medical staff consulted with several neurosurgical spine specialists regarding this type of fracture.
The school added that the injury is stable and that Daniels does not have 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 up to 10 weeks. He may still need surgery.