Rugby league – NRL player’s neck broken in tackle


MELBOURNE: A player in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) suffered a broken neck and possible spinal cord damage after being floored by a three-man tackle, medical tests showed Tuesday.

The injury to Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon overshadowed his team’s 28-20 NRL loss to the Melbourne Storm on Monday night, with the 22-year-old’s family rushing to his side in a Melbourne hospital.

“Scan results for Alex McKinnon confirm a fracture at C4 and C5 (vertebrae). His spinal cord is not severed but the doctors are unsure about the level of spinal cord compromise,” the Knights said in a statement.

“It will be a number of days or weeks until the extent of his injury is known.”

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