TCU defensive end Tipa Galeai, taken off the sideline on a stretcher and hospitalized during Saturday’s game against Baylor, was released that night and was at the athletic facilities the next day, school officials said.
“I think he’ll be OK,” coach Gary Patterson said. “It’s precautionary the way they treat all that stuff. They can’t be too safe.”
Replays showed Galeai making a tackle, contacting a player with his head, then getting up and coming off the field. Then, “all of a sudden, he was laying on the sideline,” Patterson said. “He actually said it was tingling when he came back to the sideline. Then he just went down.”
Galeai is a 6-foot-5, 235-pound sophomore from Euless Trinity. In part-time action, he has 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
After being immobolized on a stretcher, he gave a thumbs up as he was driven off on a cart. Patterson leaned in and spoke to him before the cart left the sideline.
“Just told him we loved him,” Patterson said. “He was a little bit emotional. I said you just need to calm yourself down. Everybody was thinking about him, everybody was standing around, and we were all giving him great thoughts.”