Bryant taking it day to day
Decory Bryant
Decory Bryant

Posted Nov 22, 2003


Bryant said doctors inserted a pin in his neck and added he expects it to remain there, but he declined to discuss any more details of his injury. He wore a large plastic neck brace onto the field.

ATHENS -- Georgia senior Decory Bryant said Saturday he doesn’t expect to play football again, but for now is taking each day as it comes.

Bryant broke his neck returning a kick Oct. 25 against UAB. He was recognized before the Bulldogs’ 30-10 win over Kentucky and also made his first public comments since the injury.

“I don’t know (about playing again),” he said. “I have to heal first, but I don’t think so.”

Bryant said doctors inserted a pin in his neck and added he expects it to remain there, but he declined to discuss any more details of his injury. He wore a large plastic neck brace onto the field.

“I’m straight,” he said. “I’m feeling well.”

Bryant nor the team doctors knew he had broken his neck immediately after the injury. He spent the remainder of the game on the sideline with an ice bag on his neck and walked into and out of the locker room after the game with no neck support. However, a precautionary X-ray revealed the break, and Bryant had surgery that night to repair it.

“I thought I had like whiplash,” he said. “I didn’t think it was that serious.” Bryant spent the week after the UAB game in St. Mary’s Hospital rehabilitating. He hasn’t been around the team a lot since his injury, but he said that had nothing to do with feeling sorry for himself.

“I’m just trying to get caught up on my school work,” said Bryant, who estimated he had fallen almost a month behind while rehabilitating his injury. “Once I get caught up, I’ll be back.”

Bryant -- who finished his Georgia career with 104 tackles, two interceptions and 26 starts -- seemed uneasy talking much about his condition or his last day in Sanford Stadium wearing his No. 22 jersey.

“I guess it’ll be an emotional day,” he said.

Bryant received a loud ovation from the 92,058 fans when he was announced during senior day ceremonies and made his way through a gauntlet of teammates to midfield.


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