[UPDATE]: New Orleans Saints running back Daniel Lasco has since released a statement of his own regarding the matter:
Thank you all for the support and prayers! I️ will get through this and come back better than before… believe that. Love all y’all🙏 #WhoDat!
— Daniel Lasco (@DLasco2) November 13, 2017
New Orleans Saints running back Daniel Lasco has a bulging disc that will end his season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Lasco suffered the injury during the Saints’ win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon in scary fashion. Lasco was placed on a stretcher and wheeled into an ambulance after being injured on a kickoff return. The good news was that Lasco had feeling in his extremities and even raised his right hand to the crowd before being placed into the ambulance.
And even more good news, Lasco’s injury is thought to not be career-ending. Obviously any injury is going to be unfortunate news in general, but the fact that Lasco is going to be okay after this is terrific.
The 25-year-old is in his second NFL season. Lasco, who played his collegiate football at the University of California, was originally selected by the Saints in the seventh round (237th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played in seven games during his rookie campaign, carrying the ball 11 times for 32 yards. This season, Lasco has played in three contests, mainly working as a special teamer.
He enjoyed one outstanding year at California, rushing for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns while catching 33 passes for 356 yards and two scores during his junior campaign before sharing the backfield with Vic Enwere, Tre Watson and Khalfani Muhammad during his senior season, greatly reducing his workload.
New Orleans improved to 7-2 with the win over the Bills on Sunday, with all of its victories coming in consecutive fashion after a 0-2 start.