Friday, August 29, 2008


Florida State defensive tackle Emmanuel Dunbar was taken by ambulance to a hospital after suffering a back injury Wednesday in practice.

The redshirt junior has a history of back problems, including a 2006 surgery to repair two herniated disks. He was released from the hospital on Thursday and returned to the university's athletic complex at the end of practice.

Florida State's sports information department said Thursday morning that Dunbar had motor sensory function and was walking.

Team officials had to cut Dunbar's jersey and shoulder pads off Wednesday to load him into the ambulance.

"You hate to see that happen to anybody," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "And you don't know the extent of it, so it scares you when the ambulance comes. We know he's in good hands." (And, yes, Coach Bowden had no idea what Dunbar's name is, but he did refrain from referring to his fallen warrior as "ol' #96"...)

Dunbar played in three games last season, and was expected to start the first three games this year while two other Seminoles defensive tackles serve academic misconduct suspensions.

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