Neck pain sends Indiana’s Spriggs to hospital

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana left tackle Jason Spriggs was placed on a backboard, carted off the field and taken to a hospital late in Saturday’s 56-17 loss to No. 8 Michigan State.

Coach Kevin Wilson said Spriggs was experiencing upper neck pain but has movement in his extremities. Wilson said Spriggs was still being evaluated by doctors and would have X-rays taken.

It appeared Spriggs may have been hurt on a helmet-to-helmet collision on a play with 4:54 left in the game. He laid face down for several minutes before a golf cart drove onto the field. He was then taken directly to an ambulance.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound junior is considered to be Indiana’s top offensive lineman.

It was an injury-plagued week for the Hoosiers (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten).

Indiana lost its top two quarterbacks, Nate Sudfeld and Chris Covington, in last week’s loss at Iowa. Wilson announced Monday that Sudfeld will miss the rest of the season with a separated left shoulder that will require. Covington was later diagnosed with a torn ACL in his knee.