Etheridge: After neck injury, walking "a miracle"

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn's Zac Etheridge says he feels blessed
to be able to walk.

With his neck immobilized by a brace, the Auburn safety spoke to
reporters Tuesday, three days after injuring his neck in the
Mississippi game.

He said his fifth vertebrae was cracked and he sustained torn
ligaments in his neck in a headfirst collision with teammate
Antonio Coleman.

Etheridge said he wants to play again and doctors told him he
should be able to. He has to wear the brace for three to four

The junior said he probably will not attend Saturday's game with
Furman, but "I will definitely be at the Iron Bowl" against rival

He was released from a Birmingham hospital Monday.