Ole Miss junior linebacker Serderius "Bird" Bryant was released from an Oxford, Miss., hospital Sunday morning after undergoing an MRI and several other tests as a result of an injury during the Rebels' 41-38 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday night.
At 9:30 Sunday night, Bryant posted a Facebook status update, "To all my Facebook friends and whom it may concern I am great and feeling good I just want to thank everyone for your prayers. I'm sorry for the scare but everything is going to be all right. Can't wait to get back on the field."
His mother, Shonda Bryant, who was not in attendance at the game, watched from her Sanford home as her son fell to the turf while trying to make a fourth-quarter tackle on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
She said she was making plans to head to Oxford early Sunday morning, but she was eventually talked out of the impromptu trip by her son, who said he was fine.
"I got a call from the doctor today and he does have a concussion," Shonda Bryant said. "They are going to run some more tests. Everything is moving and he said he's ok, but I'm going down Friday.
"He's in good spirits and he said, 'Don't come momma. Just come when you said you was coming.' I was already planning to come down for the next game. I talked to him three or four times today."
Bryant was taken from the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, strapped to a stretcher late in the fourth quarter after the Sanford Seminole High product crumpled to the ground during the attempted tackle on Manziel. He lowered his shoulder and collided awkwardly with the Heisman Trophy winner and the impact at his neck sent him to the turf.
Bryant was on the field for quite a while before being taken to a nearby hospital. On he way out of the stadium, he raised both arms and signaled a double thumbs-up, much to the delight of the packed Ole Miss crowd.
Shonda Bryant said she will let her son and the Ole Miss coaching staff know that even if there is a chance he is cleared to play in Saturday's home game against LSU, she does not want him back on the field so soon.
"I plan to talk to Coach [Hugh] Freeze, the head coach, and express how I feel and that even if they're fine with him playing ... No, they need to respect my wishes. I don't want my son out there," she said.
Shonda Bryant also said her son was experiencing some pain in his neck and back area, but the MRI, X-rays and other tests all showed no signs of spinal cord damage or any other injuries, with the exception of the concussion. SerderiusBryant will continue to undergo concussion testing on campus this week.
Bryant, referred to as Bird by all who know him because of his great fondness for the Sesame Street character Big Bird from his youth, also talked to his former Sanford Seminole head coach Rob Vite.
Vite wrote in a text message Sunday afternoon, "Bird said he's good. Just a concussion and muscle strains. Thank God! I had a very sick feeling watching it. Bird is a son to me, we speak weekly, and I couldn't sleep till we spoke this morning. So relieved!"
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