Football: Golden Bears can exhale as teammate Avery Sebastian checks out of hospital

As expected, Cal junior safety Avery Sebastian was released from the hospital on Tuesday morning.

That’s good news, obviously for Sebastian but also for his Golden Bears teammates.

We don’t yet know the timetable for Sebastian’s return to practice — may not be for days or more — or the nature of the injury he suffered during Monday’s scrimmage when he collided with running back Jeffrey Coprich and collapsed motionless on the Memorial Stadium turf.

Avery was whole and healthy enough that after tests and observation overnight, he was sent home.

The news will provide an emotional lift to his teammates, who seemed appropriately unnerved by the incident on Monday afternoon. Many of them appeared emotional minutes after their teammate was taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital in Oakland, known as a top trauma center.

Many of them — reportedly as many as 20 — jumped in their cars and went to Highland to provide support.

That Sebastian is OK will allow his teammates to exhale, smile and return to practice Tuesday afternoon without questions about his health weighing on their minds.

While the Bears’ starting safety from McDonough, Ga., recovers, redshirt freshman Damariay Drew is expected to get first-team reps. He is talented but young and will benefit from the extra time.

The Bears, of course, need Sebastian back as soon as he is able. He is a big hitter and brings experience to a secondary that has limited depth.

But for now the headline is that Sebastian is out of the hospital and apparently OK. The rest of it can wait.

Jeff Faraudo