CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree severely injured his spine in a weekend swimming accident near his Florida home.
He had surgery at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor on Sunday, a day after the accident, the university said on its website Monday. There were no details on what happened or an update on his condition.
Illinois coach Lovie Smith and assistants went to Florida.
"This is devastating to his teammates, the entire Fighting Illini family and his family and friends," Smith said in a statement. "We will give Bobby all the support possible as he battles through his recovery."
Roundtree is from Largo, Florida, and has been one of the team's best players. He is heading into his junior year, having started 20 games in his first two seasons and making 11 1/2 sacks. Last season, he was third on the team with 66 tackles, including 12 1/2 for loss and 7 1/2 sacks.