HARTFORD, CONN.-- Senior strong safety Wade Rowcliffe (Calendonia, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire football team is reported to be in stable condition at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., after suffering a fractured neck this past Saturday in the game at the University of Connecticut.
Rowcliffe, who is expected to be released on Tuesday or Wednesday (Nov. 16 or 17), fractured his C-1 vertebrae while he was making a tackle vs. the Huskies. He was flown by helicopter to Hartford Hospital where doctors stabilized his neck with a halo, a support device that attaches to the skull with four screws.
According to UNH Head Athletic trainer Jon Dana, Rowcliffe has shown no signs of paralysis and has total use of both his arms and legs. Rowcliffe is, however, experiencing some stiffness in his neck.
As a result of his injury, Rowcliffe did spend a short time in intensive care, but that was strictly for precautionary reasons. Dana said that doctors believe Rowcliffe is recovering nicely from the injury.