The Baltimore Ravens and NFL world is in shock after a player remains in critical condition in hospital following an accident.
Tray Walker, a cornerback for the Ravens, has been severely injured after getting in an accident while riding a motorcycle in Miami, Florida last night.
The second-year player was immediately taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where he is in critical condition having apparently suffered severe head trauma in the accident. Walker spent Thursday night in surgery.
According to a report from the Miami Herald, local police say Walker was heading westbound on Northwest 75th Street on a Honda dirt bike with no lights and wearing dark clothing when he collided with a Ford Escape heading southbound on Northwest 21st Street at about 7:50 p.m.
"Detective Daniel Ferrin said the driver of the Ford Escape stayed on scene and was cooperating with police," they wrote. "Walker was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition. The intersection remained closed for hours after the crash. The dirt bike was on its side with pieces scattered around as investigators collected evidence."
The Baltimore Ravens released a brief statement from head coach John Harbaugh after the crash.
"This is devastating news. Our prayers and hopes are with Tray and his family tonight."
Walker's teammate and fellow cornerback at the Ravens, Julian Wilson, took to Twitter to share his feelings on the horrible situation.
"Tray was like a brother to me hearing some news like this hurts my heart.. I know Tray's a fighter & he's going to pull through. Love ya'!"
Walker was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round last year out of Texas Southern University, making him the highest draft selection from the school since Joe Burch in 1994..
He had two tackles in eight games in his rookie season, which he dedicated to the memory of his father who died in 2014 from a heart attack.
Walker was upset with his playing time in his rookie year, saying that he was going to use it as motivation to come back and get out on the gridiron more in 2016.
"I'll just use that as an edge for me,' he said. "I'll learn from this season and hope that I can come back strong next year and get on the field and make the plays they want me to make."
We hope the young corner does make it back onto an NFL field sometime soon.
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