November 12, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sophomore quarterback Chris Weinke
underwent surgery Thursday to repair damage to his C6 vertebrae that was
suffered against the University of Virginia last Saturday.
Dr. Charles Wingo performed the surgery at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
and he told a press gathering that the surgery “couldn’t have gone any
Dr. Wingo fused the C6 and C7 vertebrae and removed a bone fragment which
was pinching a spinal nerve. He inserted a plate in the front and back of
the vertabrae to stabilize.
“Everything went extremely well and he is already on the way to a full
neurological recovery,” stated Dr. Wingo. “I anticipate he can begin
throwing in three months and resume full contact in six months.”
“I heard everything with Weinke’s surgery went great and that is great
news,” commented Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. “I was thinking
about him all day and I am glad to know that everything will be alright.”
Wienke is expected to remain hospitalized over the weekend.