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Drew_Smoke
08-22-2008, 08:25 PM
Were with you, man!

Thorn
08-22-2008, 08:27 PM
Good wishes for Williams

Ryan
08-22-2008, 08:32 PM
My prayers are with him right now. They only confirmed that it was a neck injury, i just hope it isn't broken or worse.

primadox
08-22-2008, 08:45 PM
Prayers and well-wishes are coming from Saintsreport for Harry Williams. What a fluke hit, too. It's scary that he was not moving at all...no thumbs up or anything. I hope it was precautionary, and that we get good news soon.

Fans of all teams are thinking of you, Harry.

Ryan
08-22-2008, 08:53 PM
Prayers and well-wishes are coming from Saintsreport for Harry Williams. What a fluke hit, too. It's scary that he was not moving at all...no thumbs up or anything. I hope it was precautionary, and that we get good news soon.

Fans of all teams are thinking of you, Harry.

they tied down his hands and everything so he could not move at all.

Mailman
08-22-2008, 08:55 PM
they tied down his hands and everything so he could not move at all.

and it looked like he had labored breathing.

Mailman
08-22-2008, 08:55 PM
Edit: oops. wrong thread.

Hardcore Texan
08-22-2008, 09:10 PM
Hoping and praying that he is okay.

Mailman
08-22-2008, 09:43 PM
Good thoughts Harry's way.

We're pulling for you.

TexanFan881
08-22-2008, 09:45 PM
Praying for Harry here hope he's ok

Jackie Chiles
08-22-2008, 09:47 PM
Anyone heard anything yet by any chance?

Mailman
08-22-2008, 09:50 PM
Anyone heard anything yet by any chance?

No word yet, just that it was confirmed as a neck injury.

swtbound07
08-22-2008, 10:25 PM
all the best to harry and the williams. We'll be thinking of you tonight. May all my luck follow you to the hospital, and have you back with us soon.

primadox
08-22-2008, 10:26 PM
Still no more updates? I gave up on CBS and switched on the radio, thinking that the Texans radio network coverage would be all over this, and nothing so far (since halftime). I'm anxious to hear something, but I'd rather wait for solid news vs. pure speculation.

We've got a thread going at saintsreport.com, with many members expressing their concern and their prayers for Harry. We sure enjoyed hosting the Texans at the Superdome last week.

swtbound07
08-22-2008, 10:32 PM
according to the saintsreport forum, he has movement in his extremities, via dfw radio.

A special thanks to you guys for starting a thread over there. Very classy, and im personally touched.

I've butted heads with you guys in the past, but injuries remind us were all football fans together, and nobody wants to see something like this.

.....and whoever over there has the avatar with the fat naked guy is just wrong

primadox
08-22-2008, 10:37 PM
according to the saintsreport forum, he has movement in his extremities, via dfw radio.

A special thanks to you guys for starting a thread over there. Very classy, and im personally touched.

I've butted heads with you guys in the past, but injuries remind us were all football fans together, and nobody wants to see something like this.

.....and whoever over there has the avatar with the fat naked guy is just wrong


You should have seen the Richard Simmons one...:yikes:

Yes, I just read that about the report via dfw radio. I hope that it is truly good news and not just speculation...I'll feel better for Harry if I hear that news from multiple sources.

And yes, we're all fans of the game, first and foremost. I hate for injuries to happen to anyone from any team.

pittbull3
08-22-2008, 10:52 PM
In the Name of JESUS CHRIST.....He is healed!

AnthonyE
08-22-2008, 11:31 PM
Just heard on ABC that he has upper body movement. Thank God. :)

Wolf
08-22-2008, 11:34 PM
even though they are rivals

someone on TOMB put a thread up
http://forums.titansonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38061

link will probably be not good once they move it to the NFL section

and my prayers are with Harry and his family along with his Texans family

J-Russ
08-22-2008, 11:46 PM
according to the saintsreport forum, he has movement in his extremities, via dfw radio.

A special thanks to you guys for starting a thread over there. Very classy, and im personally touched.

I've butted heads with you guys in the past, but injuries remind us were all football fans together, and nobody wants to see something like this.

.....and whoever over there has the avatar with the fat naked guy is just wrong

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3549530

link to back-up report. Here's to a speedy recovery.

New_Texans
08-22-2008, 11:48 PM
its great to hear that he is having some movement...when he was taken off the field, he wasnt moving at all.

WWJD
08-23-2008, 12:24 AM
I didn't watch the game but this sounds horrible.

Praying for his complete recovery.

How scary.

The Pencil Neck
08-23-2008, 01:04 AM
Still no more updates? I gave up on CBS and switched on the radio, thinking that the Texans radio network coverage would be all over this, and nothing so far (since halftime). I'm anxious to hear something, but I'd rather wait for solid news vs. pure speculation.

We've got a thread going at saintsreport.com, with many members expressing their concern and their prayers for Harry. We sure enjoyed hosting the Texans at the Superdome last week.

I'm really touched by this. Thanks, man.

We didn't hear ANYTHING at the stadium about how he was doing so the first thing I did was check Chron and HT.com and at least he's got some movement. He's going to stay in Dallas and have the 2nd and 4th vertebrae fused. He should walk and run again although it's too soon to tell about his NFL career.

My wife and I are both pulling for you, Harry! Get well soon!

Grams
08-23-2008, 01:26 AM
I heard it was a fracture of the C4 vertibrae. But he has movement in all his arms and legs.

You are in our thoughts and prayers Harry.

Texans_Chick
08-23-2008, 01:49 AM
Texans press release on Harry Williams:

“Harry (Williams) was injured during a kickoff in the first quarter of the game. On the field, he was alert, but paralyzed from the neck down. His spine was immobilized and he was taken in an ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas for evaluation. During his transportation to the hospital, he began to regain feeling in his arms and legs. At the current time, he has regained almost normal neurologic function. The evaluation at the hospital revealed a fracture of the C-3 vertebra and a significant ligamentous injury to the neck. This injury will require surgical stabilization this weekend.”

Many many prayers to him.

kwayshauntay
08-23-2008, 01:59 AM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/5960917.html
Texans team physician Walter Lowe said Williams started regaining movement in his extremities when he was immobilized and placed in the ambulance before being rushed to Presbyterian Hospital.

“He has a small fracture that’s going to require fusion surgery to stabilize the spine,” Lowe said. “The surgery will fuse together the second and fourth vertebrae.”

C3 was fractured, so they will fuse C2 and C4? Is that only temporary, until C3 heals, or will C2, C3, and C4 be fused together permanently? Or will they just fuse C2 to C4, skipping C3 (is that even possible?)?

Any doctors on here?

Vinny
08-23-2008, 02:11 AM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/5960917.html


C3 was fractured, so they will fuse C2 and C4? Is that only temporary, until C3 heals, or will C2, C3, and C4 be fused together permanently? Or will they just fuse C2 to C4, skipping C3 (is that even possible?)?

Any doctors on here?CND is...I'm sure he will chime in when he logs on.

primadox
08-23-2008, 02:22 AM
I'm really touched by this. Thanks, man.

We didn't hear ANYTHING at the stadium about how he was doing so the first thing I did was check Chron and HT.com and at least he's got some movement. He's going to stay in Dallas and have the 2nd and 4th vertebrae fused. He should walk and run again although it's too soon to tell about his NFL career.

My wife and I are both pulling for you, Harry! Get well soon!

I'm actually a female, but no matter; thanks for the response. :)

I was happy that the media didn't jump all over this with speculation, but an occassional "we have no new news yet" would have been nice. Still, that's not important...what IS important is that Harry will be okay. I'd hate to see his career end, but that is also not important in the grand scheme of things. He will walk and have a normal life, and that's great news!

I have a doctor friend who specializes in spinal injury rehab; I'll email her and ask about the fusing procedure if we haven't gotten an answer on that yet.

Have a great night, Texans fans! :heart:

steelbtexan
08-23-2008, 02:24 AM
In the Name of JESUS CHRIST.....He is healed!

I don't have many reps but you can have mine.

Texans_Chick
08-23-2008, 02:35 AM
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/nflnation/0-1-347/Game-takes-backseat-in-Texans--locker-room.html

From the ESPN blog:

Early in the first quarter, Harry Williams, a player fighting to make the roster, collided with teammate Nick Ferguson while covering a kickoff.

Every Texans player left the bench area to stand on the field with Williams as medical personnel worked on his motionless body. It wasn't until he was put in an ambulance that he started to regain feeling in his hands and feet.

Before he left the field, he'd looked up at head coach Gary Kubiak and said, "Win the game for me."

But speaking outside the visiting locker room, Kubiak didn't seem overly concerned about a 23-22 loss.

"Harry's doing well," he said. "There's feeling throughout his body. All the feedback is that Harry's going to be fine."

Kubiak said he could tell that the injury took some of his team's emotion away, but it's not like he was complaining.

"They love that kid," he said. "He was earning his way onto the special teams."

Starting right tackle Eric Winston said it was almost impossible to keep playing once Williams left the field.

"It's a tough thing to shake off and keep playing," Winston said. "I didn't know who it was [at first]. And you hate it that it was a guy like Harry. He's been battling his tail off to make the team. He was doing everything he should've been doing."

Winston talked about how many injuries have taken place on kickoffs over the last few years and wonders if there's something the league could do to prevent them.

"Guys are getting bigger, stronger, faster," he said. "You have offensive linemen and defensive linemen that are 6-6, 330 going against guys that run 4.5 [in the 40-yard dash]. It's tough to take."

It's never a good sign when the team doctor is brought to the interview room, but orthopedic surgeon Dr. Walter Lowe sounded relieved after the game. He had stayed right next to Williams' head throughout the entire ordeal.

"He was paralyzed on the field," Lowe said.

He described Williams' neurological function as "almost normal" and said he would undergo surgery to fuse his spine this weekend. Cowboys team doctor Drew Dossett, one of the nation's top spine specialists, will perform the surgery. Lowe said Williams had a "small fracture in his C-3". Dossett was headed to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas to visit with Williams immediately after the game.

"He's just a trouper," Lowe said of Williams.

I've known Dossett for several years and Texans fans should know that Williams is in good hands.

steelbtexan
08-23-2008, 02:37 AM
Take care of Harry Mr. McNair

He laid it on the line & made the team as a long shot. (last weekends quote) KUBES

TOO MUCH IS GIVEN MUCH IS EXPECTED

GARY PM ME & TELL ME HOW I CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE GOLF TOURNEY.

Showtime100
08-23-2008, 03:21 AM
I'm actually a female, but no matter; thanks for the response. :)

I was happy that the media didn't jump all over this with speculation, but an occassional "we have no new news yet" would have been nice. Still, that's not important...what IS important is that Harry will be okay. I'd hate to see his career end, but that is also not important in the grand scheme of things. He will walk and have a normal life, and that's great news!

I have a doctor friend who specializes in spinal injury rehab; I'll email her and ask about the fusing procedure if we haven't gotten an answer on that yet.

Have a great night, Texans fans! :heart:

That's a fan with some class right there. :)

God Bless You, Harry. My sincere thoughts tonight. I hope you are resting comfortably and somebody shows you this thread so you'll know we are thinking about you.

BSofA04
08-23-2008, 04:07 AM
Harry Williams stood for all that was right with this new Texans' team. Many prayers for his recovery.

CloakNNNdagger
08-23-2008, 09:25 AM
Originally Posted by kwayshauntay
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...t/5960917.html


C3 was fractured, so they will fuse C2 and C4? Is that only temporary, until C3 heals, or will C2, C3, and C4 be fused together permanently? Or will they just fuse C2 to C4, skipping C3 (is that even possible?)?

Any doctors on here?

CND is...I'm sure he will chime in when he logs on.

If you read the article carefully, it states that the fusion will "fuse together the second and fourth vertebrae"............actually meaning "bridging."

“He has a small fracture that’s going to require fusion surgery to stabilize the spine,” Lowe said. “The surgery will fuse together the second and fourth vertebrae.”


What this means is that the first undamaged cervical vertebra above (C2) and the first undamaged vertebra below (C4) will be connected as a solid no moving bridge, with the unstable fractured level (C2) being between these two stable segments. This protects the fractured vertebra from movement and displacement, and thus protects the spinal cord from being "scissor" damaged, even transected between the fractured 2-piece segment (C2).


[The illustrations below are at different cervical segments than William's fracture. However, they should demonstrate the principle involved]

This fusion can be performed by bone grafts connecting the 3 segments........

http://www.eorthopod.com/images/ContentImages/spine/spine_cervical/cervical_posterior_fusion/cervical_postfuse_surgery01.jpg


..........with or without hardware plates and screws (secured to the two stable vertebrae on either side of the the fractured vertebra)...........

http://www.eorthopod.com/images/ContentImages/spine/spine_cervical/cervical_posterior_fusion/cervical_postfuse_intro01.jpg

BTW, these fusions are intended to be permanent.

gary
08-23-2008, 10:35 AM
An update on him anyone?

DBCooper
08-23-2008, 10:42 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3549530

ledzeppelin229
08-23-2008, 10:48 AM
What does that mean for range of motion in his neck?

76Texan
08-23-2008, 10:48 AM
"He's got movement throughout his body," Kubiak said. "All the feedback I'm getting is that Harry will be fine."

Now, that is some good news!

gary
08-23-2008, 11:07 AM
He probably wasn't going to make this team anyway but still is great to hear this news and I hope he comes back and trys out again next year.

Hardcore Texan
08-23-2008, 11:25 AM
Great job by the medical staff to isolate his spine and get him immoblized, those precautions defintely had to pay off.

Good Luck to Harry for a speedy recovery.

CloakNNNdagger
08-23-2008, 11:41 AM
CND is...I'm sure he will chime in when he logs on.

What does that mean for range of motion in his neck?

Fusion at one level does not usually affect rang of motion to any significant effect. However, with multilevel fusion, range of motion will be affected with increasing level involvement.

Texans_Chick
08-23-2008, 11:48 AM
I put a write up of all the Harry Williams' information here:

http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/08/23/texans-wr-harry-williams-carted-off-field-with-neck-injury-has/

It would be nice to send him some real get better mail. Real mail means a lot to folks that have had something this bad happen to them. Here's the address:

Harry Williams
The Houston Texans
Two Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

If you have kids, having them draw some pictures for him is a nice thing to do.

gary
08-23-2008, 12:13 PM
Be back next season Harry.

headsplint
08-23-2008, 07:11 PM
Hey over on the houston texans.com messageboard, Nick Scurfield, one of the writers and pr guys for the Texans has put up an official get well Harry thread where you can post your well wishes and he will print everything out and give it to Harry.

Here is the link:

http://boards.houstontexans.com/showthread.php?t=7928

Sorry if this was already posted I didn't see it scanning through here

J-Russ
08-23-2008, 08:25 PM
WILLIAMS AVOIDS PERMANENT PARALYSIS
Posted by Mike Florio on August 23, 2008, 8:54 a.m.

Texans receiver Harry Williams, whose helmet collided with teammate Nick Ferguson’s torso while covering a kick on Saturday night, suffered a fracture of the C3 vertebra, according to ESPN.com.

Williams was “paralyzed on the field,” but later regained motion and later was “almost normal.” He’ll have surgery to fuse two of the bones in his neck together.

“At the current time, he has regained almost normal neurologic function,” the team said in a statement. “The evaluation at the hospital revealed a fracture of the C3 vertebra and a significant ligamentous injury to the neck. This injury will require surgical stabilization this weekend.”

Last year, Bills tight end Kevin Everett suffered a fracture at the C4 level. As the “C” numbers get lower, the extent of the potential paralyis increases. Per Medicinenet.com, “People who survive spinal cord injuries above [the C4 level] need ventilators or machines to breathe.”

So Williams got lucky. Very lucky. The broken bone occurred high enough to cause serious, irreparable damage. Though his football career undoubtedly is over, he’ll apparently live a normal life, apparently with minimal rehab.


http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/

I didn't see it on TV, so I didn't knew the injury was this bad. God Bless you Harry, you'll be in my prayers.

I will always have the memory of him running down the field on KO against the Saints and making a tackle while getting trucked in the process. What does he do after that play? He pops up and acts all pump up as if he was the one that made a major hit, while running back to the sideline.:texflag:

Thanks for giving you're all while you were here, even if it was for a short amount of time.

GlassHalfFull
08-23-2008, 09:08 PM
I hate to see these kinds of injuries. My prayers go out to him for a complete recovery.

And not to derail this thread, but the Chronicle is once again falling down on the job of covering a story related to the Texans. I am sure glad the internet avails us the opportunity to find out up to date news.

maddogmrb
08-24-2008, 04:41 PM
I put a write up of all the Harry Williams' information here:

http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/08/23/texans-wr-harry-williams-carted-off-field-with-neck-injury-has/

It would be nice to send him some real get better mail. Real mail means a lot to folks that have had something this bad happen to them. Here's the address:

Harry Williams
The Houston Texans
Two Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

If you have kids, having them draw some pictures for him is a nice thing to do.

Thanks TC ........ sent him a note.

:texflag:

brakos82
08-24-2008, 04:58 PM
I put a write up of all the Harry Williams' information here:

http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/08/23/texans-wr-harry-williams-carted-off-field-with-neck-injury-has/

It would be nice to send him some real get better mail. Real mail means a lot to folks that have had something this bad happen to them. Here's the address:

Harry Williams
The Houston Texans
Two Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

If you have kids, having them draw some pictures for him is a nice thing to do.
I've always wondered, is the Astrodome One Reliant Park? :thinking:

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb23/brakos82/harry.gif