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Jacksonville Jaguars RB released from hospital after cervical spinal cord injury

By Alex Butler
The Missouri Tigers defense swarm former Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders running back L'Tavius Mathers for the tackle in the second quarter on October 22 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
The Missouri Tigers defense swarm former Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders running back L'Tavius Mathers for the tackle in the second quarter on October 22 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Running back I'Tavius Mathers was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering a scary injury during Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.

"Thanks everyone for the prayers I really do appreciate it but I'm fine," Mathers tweeted Tuesday night.

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Mathers was carried off of the field at Tuesday's practice on a backboard.

"After RB I'Tavius Mathers was injured during practice and presented neurologic symptoms on the field, the Jaguars medical staff followed protocol for managing the injury," Jacksonville said in a team statement. "He was spine-boarded on the field, and was completely conscious while being transported via ambulance to receive further evaluation from the hospital and team physicians. The team will provide an update when more information becomes available."

Jacksonville said in a statement Wednesday that Mathers sustained a cervical spinal cord injury. The Jaguars' medical staff will continue to evaluate his status and work with Mathers on his recovery.

The 5-foot-11, 203-pound rookie played three seasons for Mississippi before transferring to Murfreesboro, Tenn. The undrafted free agent rookie out of Middle Tennessee State had 1,561 yards and 17 scores as a senior for Blue Raiders.

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Jacksonville agreed to a contract with former New England Patriots running back Tyler Gaffney on Wednesday, using the room on their roster created by the retirement of Branden Albert.

Mathers signed with the franchise in May.

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