Former Missouri LB Donavin Newsom suffered a horrifying injury at practice with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Newsom, who led Missouri with 73 tackles last season, was hauled away by paramedics after crashing into safety Chanceller James.
Here’s a look at the scene, provided by Sporting News.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 8, 2017
Newsom wore No. 25 at Mizzou, which is worn in honor of Aaron O’Neal, a linebacker who died during preseason conditioning before the 2005 season. Needless to say, there was a somber mood among the rest of his 49ers teammates.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the players left the field in silence after the conclusion of practice.
However, the 49ers’ official Twitter account and others reported good news as Newsom had feeling and movement in his extremities.
Kyle Shanahan on Donavin Newsom: He did have feeling in his hands & lower half so that’s the encouraging part. We’re praying for the best.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) August 8, 2017
Kyle Shanahan said Donavin Newsom had feeling & movement in his lower body. Thinks he will be ok.
— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) August 8, 2017
In May, San Francisco agreed to a 3-year, $1.66 million contract with Newsom, one of 18 undrafted free agents to sign with the franchise at that time.
The St. Louis native, who spent five years with the Tigers, closed his college career with two solid campaigns. As a redshirt senior, he registered 12 more tackles than any other player on the team, adding 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 pass breakups and a forced fumble.