Support continues to grow for injured Santiago player
NOV 27, 2013 5:54p ET
The 6-foot, 195-pound junior suffered a spinal cord injury in the Sharks 30-29 CIF Inland Division quarterfinal loss to Upland last Friday in a game that was seen on FOX Sports West.
Walker went to make a tackle but never got up, left motionless on the field.
He underwent surgery on Saturday. As of Wednesday afternoon, Walker still had no feeling below the chest. Walker was reportedly on a ventilator since the surgery. When asked if the ventilator was taken off, Loma Linda Hospital officials could not offer a comment.
On Friday, Upland will host Santiago rival, Corona Centennial in an Inland Division semifinal.
Before the game, both teams will join at midfield in prayer for Walker. They will also wear Walker's No. 55 on their helmets.
Upland has also opened the door for any Santiago players or coaches who want to come to the game. They can do so free of charge.
Santiago head coach Jeff Steinberg said the support that has been received in the city of Corona and throughout the Inland Empire has been "incredible."
"We're gaining strength from each other," Steinberg said.
Walker's parents, Curtis and Allison Walker issued a statement in the beginning of the week expressing their thanks to those at Riverside Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center as well as the sports medicine staffs of Santiago and Upland for their "immediate response."
"We understand that with any sport, there is the risk of injury," the statement read. "We do not blame or have any hard feelings toward the football players and coaches of Upland and Santiago High Schools. We appreciate the love and support Jordan continues to receive from his teammates and coaches."
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