The University of Illinois has released a statement on the status of defensive tackle Bobby Roundtree, who remains hospitalized after suffering a severe spinal injury during a swimming incident two weeks ago.
Roundtree was near Tampa when the incident occurred and needed surgery. The accident was determined to be “very serious,” prompting head coach Lovie Smith to travel down to Florida to be with Roundtree and his family.
“Out of respect and sensitivity to the current situation involving Bobby Roundtree, no further information will be available at this time,” the athletics department said in a statement.
According to Illini Inquirer, the University of Illinois is planning to host fundraising opportunities to help the Roundtree family with medical expenses. The Illini are hoping to have something in place for the first home game of the season on Aug. 31.
In the last update, Roundtree was sitting up and eating solid foods.
“Bobby continues to have a positive spirit and intends to fight hard during his recovery,” Smith said. “He has a long road ahead during his recovery and we will be there to support Bobby and his family the entire way.”
Roundtree was considered to be the best defensive linemen at Illinois and arguably one of the best players on the roster. He finished the 2018 season with 66 tackles, 12.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks.