PULLMAN – Washington State University safety LeAndre Daniels has sustained a neck injury that will end his playing career.
Daniels has missed the past week of practice due to the 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.
“This is a very unfortunate situation and my heart goes out to Le Andre,” said WSU head coach Paul Wulff. “He is such a wonderful young man, a great teammate and a great leader for this team. While his football career appears over, Le Andre will remain a part of our Cougar family, finish his degree and continue to make a positive impact in all phases of his life going forward.”
Following a redshirt season in 2008, Daniels started the first two games in 2009 before suffering a season-ending broken leg against Hawaii.