Michigan State's Nick Ward takes scary, acrobatic fall out of bounds

Henry Bushnell
Michigan State’s Nick Ward barely avoided serious injury. (Screenshot: CBS)
Michigan State’s Nick Ward barely avoided serious injury. (Screenshot: CBS)

Michigan State center Nick Ward is remarkably athletic for his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame. And it’s a good thing, too, because Ward very nearly suffered a serious injury in Sparty’s first-round NCAA tournament game against Bucknell on Friday.

Ward tumbled toward the baseline after leaping and trying to corral a pass, and almost fell on his head:

But Ward was able to brace himself with his hands to avoid much, if any, impact on his head or neck. The somersault was, in a way, his protection mechanism:

After leaving the game and undergoing precautionary tests, Ward was cleared to return by Michigan State’s medical staff, and did return soon thereafter.

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