UCLA safety Dietrich Riley will not play this Saturday against Arizona State at the request of team doctors after suffering a very scary neck injury last weekend against Cal. Riley was hurt making a tackle and briefly lost feeling in his body.
He never lost consciousness, but as Riley noted, "It was scary. I couldn't feel my upper or lower body. I'm just thankful I'm walking, I'm alive. It could have been more severe."
Riley was taken to the hospital from the game, but released on Sunday. He had hoped to play this weekend, but has decided to play it safe. He was officially diagnosed with a stinger.
"I think it's smart to sit out," Riley said. "I think we have great enough depth at the safety position, and we have guys who are willing to step in and carry on. I'm just being safe for precautionary reasons."
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