Winborn blindsided by neck injury

"I was doing fine all the way up to this and I didn't miss a practice going up to the incident in Detroit. Guys are just shocked that I'm out for the season. I just feel in a sense that I let the defense and team down. I know they depend on me and I just hate that. You know, last-second like this. That is pretty much it for me. I just wanted to be out there with my fellas and try and help the team win a ball game and get to the Bowl."

Q: Did this injury come as a shock to you?

Winborn: Definitely. Every 10 minutes I have to think about it and say, 'man, I can't believe this. Is this really happening?' But, it's just something that I am going to have to deal with and hopefully I'll bounce back.

Q: What does this due to your NFL future?

Winborn: I definitely think that I'll make a return. But, as of right now, we'll just take our time and see how it progresses. I definitely think I'll be able to come back.

Q: What kind of advice have you received from doctors?

Winborn: Well, we're going to take it one step at a time right now. I'm blessed that we even found it right now because who knows if I would have went out during the game and that happened. It could have just been bad.

Q: How long have you felt this injury?

Winborn: Since getting the MRI and finding out what the situation was, I am thankful that nothing happened in those games. The funny thing is that I wasn't feeling anything and I felt perfectly fine. Even at practice I felt fine. I recall one time when I fell from the pile and I got hit and I fell back. It seemed like nothing. I guess by the grace of God that I even fell like that. I just felt in my arm a little bit and that was just this Wednesday. That is why I didn't think anything of it. I hadn't been feeling anything for a couple of weeks at all. It is just one of those freak type things that happens and I just happened to be on the receiving end of it.

Q: Was there a particular play at practice that it happened?

Winborn: I just got hit by the pile by a lineman and he knocked me clear in the back and I just fell. The way I fell, it wasn't in any awkward position or anything. I just fell directly on my back and whatever it was, it just kind of triggered it a little bit. I finished practice and everything and I told Todd (Lazenby) the trainer that I felt like I had a little tingle that is going down my arm. He then proceeded to take the proper actions and he was right in what he thought.

Q: Is that when disc herniated originally?

Winborn: Right now, I just think it is too early to tell what exactly caused it. I don't think it was anything in particular that I did that caused it. I just think that when I fell, it kind of triggered it.

Q: Did you still practice Thursday?

Winborn: Yeah, I practiced Thursday, but it was just one of those things.

Q: Was there tingling on Thursday?

Winborn: It wasn't really tingling much at all. That is what is so nerve-racking about it because Wednesday I felt it a little bit and Thursday it was a lot better. It felt a lot better, but I could still feel something in the back. I was complaining thinking that I needed to just get a bone adjustment and Todd thought it would be best to take the proper procedure. Knowing the fact that I had tingling down my arm, they didn't really want to give it an adjustment until they knew exactly what was wrong because it could have been more than I was thinking. I'm just thankful that they are really knowledgeable in their area and profession in knowing that it could have been something worse. Had they been wrong, I could have ended up paralyzed or something.

Q: Did doctors say paralysis was a possibility with another bad hit?

Winborn: Yeah, definitely.

Q: Are you going to have surgery or seek other opinions?

Winborn: I'm going to take my time with it. There isn't much more I need to know, as far as the situation. As I progress, I might want to see someone else to see what they think about my progress. It's pretty much a done deal, as far as what the problem is.

Q: What did it look like on the MRI?

Winborn: It looked like a herniated disc or a bulging disc. Everything wasn't even like it was supposed to be.

Q: What kind of symptoms are you feeling right now?

Winborn: I pretty much feel fine. Certain motions and certain movements that I do, I sometimes just get an aching feeling up my arm. That is pretty much the nerves and muscles the body is trying to protect. It is pretty much tightening everything up. My nerves are tightening up.

Q: Are you going to need surgery?

Winborn: Not at this moment. I don't see the need right at this second. I just think I need to go over all the options. I'm still not finished getting completely evaluated.

Q: How are you handling things mentally since learning the situation in such a fast manner?

Winborn: I don't even know. Like I said, every 10 minutes I'm thinking, 'Dang, this isn't really happening.' But, it is. I'm coming to grips with it, but I just got to stay on the positive side of it and keep on working.

Q: What was the reaction of your teammates?

Winborn: Just shocked because I hadn't missed a practice. I was doing fine all the way up to this and I didn't miss a practice going up to the incident in Detroit. Guys are just shocked that I'm out for the season. I just feel in a sense that I let the defense and team down. I know they depend on me and I just hate that. You know, last-second like this. That is pretty much it for me. I just wanted to be out there with my fellas and try and help the team win a ball game and get to the Bowl.

Q: Does this injury question what you do for a living?

Winborn: Not at all. I'm truly aware that it is a rough game. Some dangerous things can happen out there. But, once I get everything fixed, I think I'll be fine.


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