Montgomery's football future on hold

PUTTING THE WINS and losses into proper perspective and context is hard sometimes. It's a little easier to do so today, when you consider that Sunday morning's emergency surgery might have saved Cougar running back James Montgomery's life.

James Montgomery might never play football again.

But he's alive, and an operation saved his leg. Does anything beyond that matter nearly as much?

Bill Drake through WSU Sports Information told CF.C it will likely be six to 12 months before it will be known if Montgomery can play football again.

Montgomery suffered suffered acute compartment syndrome on Saturday against SMU, when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels and prevents nourishment from reaching nerve and muscle cells. Without treatment, it can lead to paralysis, loss of limb or death.

Montgomery remained hospitalized after the emergency surgery on Sunday but Drake told the Tacoma News Tribune the leg was out of danger. It was, however, clearly situation where every minute counted.

Dwight Tardy is quoted in the newspaper as saying Tingstad told him that Montgomery "probably could have died" if the operation had been delayed -- and that a wait of just one to two hours might have led to amputation.

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