Heacock: Kudla Recovering From Neck Strain

OSU defensive end Mike Kudla suffered a neck strain during Wednesday's practice session, according to defensive line coach Jim Heacock. All tests checked out negative for Kudla, who experienced tingling and numbness in his legs. Click here for more.

OSU assistant head coach Jim Heacock met with the media this afternoon to discuss the status of junior defensive end Mike Kudla.

Kudla, penciled in as a starter at defensive end, suffered a neck sprain during a scrimmage situation in Wednesday's closed practice. Kudla reportedly experienced numbness and tingling in his legs. As a precaution, Kudla was transported to OSU Medical Center. But all tests checked out as negative.

"My understanding is he is fine," Heacock told reporters. "He got a neck strain. Most everything was precautionary. I don't know what the first thoughts were, but everything they did was precautionary. They did all the tests yesterday and everything looks fine."

When asked when he expects Kudla back in action, Heacock said, "Probably next week. I think he‘s going to be fine. Obviously, it was scary for a minute. I guess now it‘s just a matter of him doing his rehab and getting back in there. I think it‘s just a matter of when his strength comes back and when he‘s 100 percent."

Heacock talked about the particular play when Kudla was injured.

"It was just a little scrimmage," Heacock said. "He just banged into somebody. He was down in a pile, more or less. I'm not sure how it happened."

Kicker Mike Nugent talked about seeing a teammate go off the field on a stretcher.

"I didn't see (the play) happen, but I did look over and see him on the ground," Nugent said. "It's just one of those scary situations. Neck injuries are something you don't mess with. It could be just a little stinger or it could go all the way. I was just hoping everything would come through fine for him.

"It seems like he's going fine. He's back today and he has a neck brace on. But it seems like he is going to be all right."

With Kudla out, sophomore Jay Richardson will likely step in for him with the first team defense.

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