Nebraska's Ryne Reeves hospitalized

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Junior offensive lineman Ryne Reeves was immobilized and removed by paramedics on a stretcher from Nebraska's practice Wednesday after suffering an apparent neck injury.

Reeves was hurt late in the seventh of 15 spring practices as the Huskers worked in full pads at the indoor Hawks Championship Center.

He rested on his knees with his head facing the ground before medical personnel laid Reeves on his back for several minutes as they awaited an ambulance.

"He was having pain in his neck," coach Bo Pelini said, "and any time you have pain in your neck, we're going to treat it with caution. We think it's precautionary, but we're going to make sure they find out exactly what's going on."

Reeves was able to move and experienced no loss of feeling, Pelini said.

"All of his imaging studies were normal, and it is being treated as a cervical strain injury," Pelini said. "Ryne will continue to be treated and evaluated, and we are optimistic that he will be able to return to practice sometime following spring break."

Reeves' father, John Reeves, was in attendance at the practice. The elder Reeves accompanied his son in the emergency vehicle.

Reees, who is from Crete, Neb., is competing for the starting job at center with Mark Pelini, the coach's nephew, in practice this spring.