Latest update on CB Sevyn Banks is encouraging

The energy in Jordan-Hare Stadium was quickly replaced by solemn uncertainty on Saturday night, as Sevyn Banks suffered an apparent neck injury on the opening kickoff. Banks was carted off the field on a stretcher and brought to a local hospital.

He was mobile and alert on arrival, and he was released later that night and permitted to travel back with the team. On Monday, coach Brian Kelly offered an encouraging update.

Banks reportedly suffered a “spinal cord bruise,” similar to what safety Major Burns is currently recovering from. Kelly said Banks is expected to be out 5-6 weeks as he recovers.

Though injuries are never good, it’s hard not to be relieved by this update. There is no structural damage to Banks’ spine, and he shouldn’t have long-term effects from the injury.

A graduate transfer from Ohio State, he appeared in 24 games over four years with the Buckeyes. He was expected to play a key role as a depth piece in the secondary, and LSU will hope he is able to return for the tail end of the season.

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Sevyn Banks was released from the hospital after scary hit vs. Auburn, and fans were relieved

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