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UCLA's Terrence Austin released from hospital

October 12, 2008 | 10:44 am


EUGENE, Ore -- UCLA receiver Terrence Austin returned to Los Angeles with the team early this morning after tests revealed he suffered a strained neck and concussion during the Bruins' 31-24 loss to Oregon on Saturday.

Austin was injured in the fourth quarter while reaching for a pass. He was hit from behind by Oregon defensive back T.J. Ward and remained on the ground for 15 minutes while trainers assessed the injury. He was taken off the field on a backboard to protect his neck and went to River Bend Hospital for tests.

"Terrence was moving his extremities and conscious and talking," UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Austin was released from the hospital and met the team at the Eugene airport after midnight for the flight home. He will be re-evaluated in Los Angeles.

--- Chris Foster

Photo: Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti and Bruins teammate Osaar Rasshan check on UCLA receiver Terrence Austin, who gives the thumbs-up as he's removed from the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter Saturday. Credit: Mark Ylen / Associated Press