Ole Miss assistant A.D. for Sports Medicine Pat Jernigan updated everyone this evening with some outstanding news. After failing to have any feeling in his extremities and struggling to have any sensation below the waist, freshman tight end Damarcus Thomas is heading home.
UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): Prayers answered pic.twitter.com/S5z0TkZDN3— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 3, 2020
Thomas took to Twitter Monday evening after his positive prognosis and release from the watchful eyes of the doctors at the Memphis Regional Medical Center.
Thank God— D E U C E (@prezdeuce) November 3, 2020
Earlier today, the outlook was not as positive.
Devastating news out of practice early Monday was that Damarcus Thomas was injured during practice. It was reported that he lied motionless and had no feeling below his waist at one point. The Saraland, Ala. native was eventually transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Miss. by ambulance for further evaluations and tests.
As you can imagine, it was a scary scene earlier today after the injury initially occured.
DeMarcus Thomas has been severely injured, per Lane Kiffin. Hasn't moved since being hit. Sources tell @RebelGrove Thomas is on his way to Oxford hospital. Sources tell us helicopter en route to take him to Memphis.— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) November 2, 2020
As expected, head coach Lane Kiffin was as excited as we were when we saw the latest update on Thomas’ status.
Thomas has played in five of the six games this year despite being a true freshman, backing up starter Kenny Yeboah in Jeff Lebby’s offense.
He committed and signed with Ole Miss and the new staff under first year head coach Lane Kiffin in the 2020 class. The Project Outreach and National Honor Society member chose the Rebels over the Tennessee Vols. The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder helped the Spartans to a 10-1 record his senior year, finishing with 739 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
The son of Stevie and Shandra Jones is in all of our thoughts and prayers and we hope you join us in throwing one or two up for him as well as we continue to monitor his recovery. We will keep updating this post with anything that is released throughout the day and week, but for now, it appears that DT is out of the woods.