Football: Avery Sebastian injured in scrimmage

There was no immediate report on the condition of Cal junior safety Avery Sebastian, who was injured during a team scrimmage Monday at Memorial Stadium and taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital in Oakland.

“We don’t have any idea the severity of it,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said afterward. “As soon as we know something, we’ll put out a statement.”

The scrimmage was ended after Sebastian, a starter from McDonogh, Ga., hit running back Jeffrey Coprich on a run up the middle and immediately went down.

For more than 15 minutes it appeared Sebastian did not move. While medical staff worked on Sebastian, his teammates were huddled in the north end zone, then sent to the locker room.

Finally, Sebastian was strapped to a gurney, his head immobilized, and taken off in the ambulance. Dykes declined to comment on whether Sebastian was conscious after the collision or whether he was able to move.

A few minutes after Sebastian was taken to the hospital, players who were still milling outside the stadium appeared emotional.

“I think anytime they have to drive an ambulance on your field, guys get concerned,” Dykes said.

Will update.

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Terrible news! 🙁 Get well Avery!

  • Juancho

    Awful. I keep refreshing this page hoping to read Avery is able to move his extremities and is conscious.

    Each year we move closer to someone dying on the field. At least thats my opinion. I love watching football. But boy is it dangerous.

  • Suttree

    “We all we got. We all we need.”

    Get better Avery, he has been a true Bear since the day he stepped on campus!

  • ThisisCal

    Having spent ten days at Highland Hospital myself, including seven in the ICU, after a motorcycle crash, I can say that he is in the best medical hands in the Bay Area. I’m hoping this is precautionary. Get well soon, Avery.

  • Larry

    He has movement in all extremities!

  • BlueNGold

    Good news for Avery, but a potentially serious injury to a starter so early in the pre-season does not bode well.