Colorado Buffaloes Travis Hunter was taken off the field and to the hospital after receiving a hit from Rams’ Henry Blackburn during a game over the weekend. Trainers attended to Hunter, and Blackburn received a penalty roughness in the second quarter of the game, according to CBS.
Head coach Deion Sanders announced the football player would be out for about three weeks as he is recovering from a lacerated liver, according to Sports Illustrated. The football player opened up about the injury in a livestream on Monday.
“It’s football at the end of the day, stuff like that is going to happen, so I just stay humble,” he said. “It’s football. Something bad is going to happen on the field sooner or later. Just got to get up and fight again… Good thing the doctor stopped me because, if there was no doctors there, I would still be out there playing.”
Blackburn and his family have received threats following the incident. Rams coach Jay Norvell and athletic director Joe Parker said CSU campus police and local law enforcement are looking into the matter.
“Our university is supporting him, the police department is supporting him, because of the seriousness of the threats that have come out of this,” Norvell said, adding that the hit wasn’t intentional, according to the Denver Post. “It’s just sad. It’s sad that that’s the state of the world we live in. I mean, it’s a football game, let’s not make it more than that. We don’t want anybody to get hurt. We don’t coach that kind of football.”