When Packers linebacker Jeremy Thompson was injured at practice last week, he thought the worst.
“My initial reaction was that I thought I broke my neck when
everything went numb,” Thompson told Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “But the feeling came back pretty
quick. There was just some nerve sensitivity after that. It’s relieving. It was definitely a scary event.”
Thompson was taken off the practice field on a stretcher, then brought to a local hospital.
The injury is being classified as a spinal cord concussion. Thompson won’t play on Monday night and his recovery timetable is unclear. The problem isn’t career-threatening, but the reserve has a history of “stingers” dating back to college.
He also has spinal stenosis, a condition that ended the careers of two notable Packers receivers — Sterling Sharpe and Terrence Murphy, a second round pick in 2005.
“Well, I have [stenosis], just a little bit though, but it’s not really
the issue,” Thompson said. “The issue was just that I was in a
Thompson says he’s just happy to be walking again so quickly. And we’re happy to hear it.
“It’s just a waiting game,” Thompson said. “I would like to come back this year but I just can’t make any guarantees.”