Player taken off on stretcher, heads to hospital in back-to-back weeks

Florida State forward Terrance Shannon is carried off on a stretcher after being injured in the second half. (US Presswire)

Last week Butler's Rotnei Clarke left the arena on a stretcher, and on Saturday the same thing happened to Florida State's Terrance Shannon. Shannon injured his neck late in the second half of Florida State's miserable 56-36 loss at Virginia.

Shannon averages 8.9 points and 6.5 rebounds for 10-7 FSU.

It's scary and unusual to see college basketball players get wheeled off the court like this -- then head straight to the nearest hospital for more testing. But it happened with Clarke and with Shannon as well. Shannon was reported to have "tingling" in his extremeties, a scary but slightly reassuring bit of news. has more on the play:

With 3:59 left ... Shannon jammed his head on the side of Cavaliers forward Evan Nolte’s body and fell to the floor.

After laying motionless for nearly 10 minutes, Shannon was placed on a stretcher and transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

“He had some tingling in his extremities,” FSU head athletic trainer Sam Lunt said. “So Dr. (Bill) Thompson and the medical staff thought it would be prudent to get a spine board and take him to the hospital.”

Shannon, who suffered from a neck injury described as a “stinger” earlier in the year, was scheduled to get an MRI here late Saturday night and was expected to stay at the hospital overnight for evaluation.

The good news is Shannon's awareness/ability to communicate, according to Lunt and Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, who noted Shannon could "lightly squeeze a fist and wiggle his toes on request."

Still, how does that not make you cringe?

We will update this story as more information on Shannon's health becomes available. 

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.:

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