OSU basketball player Cezar Guerrero released from OKC hospital

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: October 18, 2011
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STILLWATER — A spirited early season basketball practice turned scary Monday when Cowboys freshman Cezar Guerrero collided with a teammate and was injured with a potential spinal cord injury, leading to a helicopter transport to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Tuesday brought relief, with Guerrero cleared and released when all tests returned negative. A full recovery is expected, along with a return to the team, although no timetable for rejoining workouts has been revealed.

A freshman guard, Guerrero spent Monday night in the hospital under observation. The injury occurred during an afternoon practice, when an OSU source said Guerrero ran around a screen and crashed into a teammate. The source likened the injury to a stinger, an injury more common to football, involving a network of nerves exiting the spinal cord and frequently involving a tingling sensation extending from the neck down the arm and into the fingers.

Guerrero was making a bid for playing time at point guard, battling Reger Dowell and Fred Gulley.

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