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Ohio State's Burson Has Broken Bone in Neck

February 17, 1989

A broken bone in his neck has ended the college basketball career of Jay Burson, Ohio State's 6-foot, 156-pound guard.

The team doctor, Robert J. Murphy, said Thursday that Burson's neck will be immobilized in a halo traction brace for the next three months.

Murphy said that the injury most likely occurred during Monday night's loss to Iowa, when Burson fell under a backboard. Burson, a senior, played most of the second half and finished with 25 points.

"If everything goes as expected, he should be well in three months," Murphy said. "There's no reason why he can't play basketball at that time, if he so desires."

Burson, who is being treated at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, suffered no spinal cord damage, the doctor said.

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