UPDATE: BYU sophomore linebacker Colby Jorgensen's surgery went according to plan, according to Colby's older brother Austen Jorgensen.

Austen said Wednesday morning that it was "good news out of the surgery room" and that Colby is now on the road to recovery.

Check back for reaction from BYU football coaches and Colby's teammates.


After doing a CT scan and MRI, neurosurgeons determined that BYU sophomore linebacker Colby Jorgensen fractured his neck and slipped a disc during practice Tuesday and sent him into emergency surgery, Colby's brother Austen Jorgensen said in a phone interview Tuesday evening.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Austen said Colby was in his third hour of a five-to-six-hour surgery to put in two rods, one in the back of the neck and one in the front to stabilize the neck.

"It's going to be a long road to recovery," Austen said. "We'll know the exact details after he comes out of surgery. The doctors were confident that there wouldn't be any hiccups but they need to do the back, then flip him over and do the front."

While the injury is certainly serious, Austen said the family is counting its blessings that it wasn't worse.

"It was pretty close," Austen said. "He's pretty lucky he didn't end up paralyzed. I guess it was resting against his spinal cord."

Austen said the family has seen more than its share of serious injuries, including Colby having to recover from a shredded spleen while in high school at Timpview that could've killed him.

"He gets the worst of it," Austen said. "He gets the rough ones."

Colby got married to his wife Lydia just over a week ago, Austen said, and now will be facing the fire of dealing with her husband recovering from a serious injury.

Austen said he hopes BYU fans everywhere will keep Colby in mind both now and in the coming months.

"The big thing is getting a lot of prayers and sending love that way," Austen said. "But also I hope people feel free to reach out to him. You can feel pretty alone after the fact when you've been injured, so hopefully they'll check in and show the love. It's going to be a long recovery road and that means more than people even think."

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd can be reached at (801) 344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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