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Johnathan Taylor Partially Paralyzed: UGA Baseball Player Suffered Injury During Collision

On March 6, University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor collided with teammate Zach Cone while attempting to make a play on a line drive to the outfield. Thursday morning, doctors at Shepherd Center told the media Taylor is partially paralyzed from the waist down. ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports Taylor "has no feeling in his legs or fingers," though the good news is the collision with Cone did not sever Taylor's spinal cord.

According to the Shepherd Center medical director, Taylor has regained "some use of his upper extremities" and can breathe without the assistance of a ventilator. Unfortunately, "a majority of people with his injury don't walk."

As Dawg Sports, SB Nation's University of Georgia blog, pointed out the first week of April, the University is taking care of Taylor as he works to recover. The weekend of April 15-17, the University hosts its annual G-Day spring football game. This year, the football program invited former Bulldog stars Matthew Stafford, D.J. Shockley, Eric Zeier, and David Greene to compete in quarterback competitions against fans who won the opportunity at auction. The proceeds benefit the Johnathan Taylor Fund, which the University established just days after the injury.

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