LB Neiron Ball released from hospital Saturday

By Adam Silverstein
February 19, 2011

Florida Gators freshman linebacker Neiron Ball was released from Shands Hospital Saturday night after undergoing treatment since Monday when a blood vessel ruptured in his brain, a family member told the Orlando Sentinel.

Ball, a special teams standout this past season who registered 10 tackles in 13 games, has been ruled out of spring practice. The severity of his condition and the amount of recovery time doctors deem necessary for him to be 100 percent healthy will determine if and when Ball can return to the field. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Admitted to the hospital late Monday, Ball was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit until Thurdsay. He will return to his hometown of Jackson, GA until Feb. 28, when he is scheduled to come back to Gainesville, FL for a follow-up appointment, his brother-in-law Daryl Myricks told the Sentinel.

The University of Florida’s University Athletic Association, which disclosed on Monday that Ball was in the hospital being treated for a congenital vascular condition, has yet to release any additional information.

OGGOA once again sends our best wishes to Ball and his family.

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  1. GatorCooken says:

    Glad to have you back Neiron! Recover soon and hopefully this is the worse that it will be.

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Great news.

  3. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Hoping he can get back to school to be working on his degree as he works to recover and get back to the field!!

  4. Basshole says:

    Good to hear. I obviously would love for him to recover in time to be able to play this year, but I just wish him the best on getting healthy for him and his family’s sake. Hearing a kid get sick with something as serious as this puts things in perspective. Best of luck, Neiron.

  5. SaraGator says:

    Glad he’s out of danger. Take your time and recooperate, Neiron. Gator Nation wants you healthy first, return as a student second, and then think about returning to the field.

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