UPDATED: Shavon Shields has now been released from the hospital after a CT scan came back negative. Coach Tim Miles released the following statement:
“We are relieved and thankful Shavon has been released, and that his injuries aren’t more serious. We will follow the proper protocol to get him back to full speed. I know Shavon and his family are grateful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”
Senior forward Shavon Shields lay motionless on the floor at Pinnacle Bank Arena for minutes midway through the second half of Nebraska’s game against Rutgers. Shields landed hard after toppling over another player on defense.
“He’s alert, he’s awake, has sensation in his hands and in his feet,” said Nebraska athletic trainer R.J. Pietig after the game. “I guess at this time we don’t know too much other than we’ll be going for further testing and we just have to wait to see what comes from those.”
Shields was taken directly to the hospital after being taken from the floor on a stretcher. Coach Tim Miles says Shields was unconscious for about a minute after the collision.
“He didn’t recall anything that had happened,” said Miles.
The injury put a damper on Nebraska’s strong performance against the Scarlet Knights. The Huskers won 87-63 to improve to 13-11 on the season and 5-6 in Big Ten play. Rutgers remains winless in conference play.