MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — University of Miami junior cornerback Ladarius Gunter was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for observation after being carted off on a stretcher late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 45-26 victory over Virginia at Sun Life Stadium.
Head coach Al Golden called it a “neck or shoulder” injury. Based on Gunter’s description to doctors, they wanted to be careful and immobilize him.
“We’re just being cautious,” Golden said. “As soon as we learn something, we’ll share it with you guys. I don’t have anything other than that. He was moving everything, he was conscious. I don’t want to overstep my bounds here. That’s where we’re at with it. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”
Gunter was released from the hospital later Saturday, according to a release from the university.
“Ladarius Gunter has been released from the hospital this evening following an upper extremity injury he suffered Saturday afternoon against Virginia,” the statement read. “He will be able to play football again this season once he is fully healed.”
Gunter, who intercepted a pass during the first half and returned it 81 yards, recorded four tackles and one pass breakup before exiting the game.
Sophomore corner Tracy Howard and teammates took a knee and prayed as the medical staff looked over him. Howard said he and Gunter exchanged jokes.
“He’s a jokester, likes to have fun,” Howard said. “Keep in spirits.”