MTSU linebacker undergoes successful surgery for neck injury

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:56pm
Staff reports

Middle Tennessee State linebacker Craig Allen underwent successful neck surgery on Sunday and is expected to make a full recovery, according to head football athletic trainer Robbie Stewart.

Allen had surgery to remove a herniated disc in his neck after he was injured Saturday in a game against Troy at Murfreesboro. He was kept overnight at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Saturday and Sunday and was expected to be released on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

The junior from Carrollton, Ga., will miss the remainder of the season. MTSU officials said his prospects for an eventual return to football will be evaluated later as doctors follow his progression.

“We are very thankful that Craig had successful surgery,” coach Rick Stockstill said. “As a coach, you hate to see your players get injured, especially of this magnitude. We are just grateful that the injury was not any worse. Craig is a great leader and player on this team and our thoughts and prayers will be with him as he goes through the recovery process.”

Allen sustained the injury while making a tackle on Troy’s Shawn Southward late in the fourth quarter. Allen stayed motionless on the field as the game stopped for 16 minutes.

He leads the Blue Raiders this season with a career-high 82 tackles.