Nebraska wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and defensive lineman Dylan Owen were hospitalized following a winter workout, head coach Scott Frost confirmed to the Journal Star on Tuesday.
Both players were treated for rhabdomyolysis, a muscle injury that “results from the death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. This can lead to serious complications such as renal (kidney) failure. This means the kidneys cannot remove waste and concentrated urine,” according to WebMD via the Journal Star’s report.
Frost confirmed that Lindsey stayed in the hospital for three days and Owen for two.
“Anything that happens in our program is ultimately my responsibility,” Frost said. “Our strength coach and training room were coordinating to do absolutely the best they could to make sure the transition went smooth, but two kids that exerted themselves too far and had (rhabdomyolysis).
“I want to make sure people understand that the health of our players is always going to be our primary concern. It’s been kind of a scary deal and both kids are doing fine now.”
Frost said that head strength coach Zach Duval and his staff have since modified the Cornhuskers’ routine after having a better understanding after testing players on the roster after initial workouts.
“The workout that caused the problem was supposed to be a 40-minute weight workout and it was cut to 32 minutes of weights,” Frost said. “It’s fairly intense, but it’s something that we did with our team for two years at UCF. I’m not trying to make an excuse, but I’m always going to be transparent. We had trainers in the weight room during the workout to pull guys out of the workout if they saw any problems.