Tag:Brandon Wimberly
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 12:01 pm

Nevada's Wimberly out of ICU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Brandon Wimberly, a wide receiver for Nevada who was shot in the abdomen over a week ago and is suffering serious injuries, has been removed from the ICU. He was taken out of the unit Sunday, though there is still no word on when Wimberly will be able to leave the hospital.

“He’s still in the hospital, but he is doing better," Nevada coach Chris Ault told the Reno Gazette-Journal while visiting Wimberly at the hospital Monday. "He's walked a little bit. He’s making some good improvement now and there’s certainly some reason for optimism.

“He’s a little more clear-headed now. He's certainly still in some pain and it's still a pretty serious thing, but yesterday we had some good conversations and he's a lot more alert than he was. Right now, they're focusing on giving his body enough medication to heal and get a little better every day. But these last couple of days have been really good." 

Wimberly, the former WAC Freshman of the Year, was out with fellow members of the football team when they got into an argument with another group early on the morning of June 18. After the argument, Wimberly approached a car carrying the other group when he was shot in the abdomen.

While he's recovering from his wounds, and the fact he's been removed from the ICU is good news, it's not expected that Wimberly will ever be able to play football again. 

Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 5:46 pm

Nevada's Wimberly shot in abdomen

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Scary news coming out of Reno that Nevada wide receiver Brandon Wimberly was shot in the abdomen early Saturday morning. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, Reno Police Lt. Keith Brown said the injuries are not "life-threatening, but they're probably life-changing." Wimberly was reportedly shot near the Reno Aces ballpark, and nearby police responded when they heard people arguing and gunfire.

“We know the Reno Police Department is conducting a complete investigation and have instructed our student-athletes to cooperate fully with the police." said Nevada athletic director Cary Groth on Saturday afternoon. "It is an unfortunate situation and we wish Brandon a speedy recovery from his injuries.”

Wimberly and other members of the football team reportedly got into a fight with another group. When the other group got into a car, Wimberly approached the car and was then shot in the abdomen before the car sped away. Lt. Brown also went on to say that the police aren't getting a lot of cooperation from the witnesses, and that includes Wimberly's teammates.

Wimberly was the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2009 and has caught 94 passes for 1,215 yards and 6 touchdowns in his first two seasons with Nevada. 

UPDATE: According to Nevada head coach Chris Ault, Wimberly is not expected to be able to play football again. He had damage to his intestines and colon from the gunshot.  

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