BYU football: Injured RB Williams released from hospital

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Provo • BYU sophomore running back Jamaal Williams was released from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Sunday morning after spending the night in that hospital to recover from injuries suffered in the third quarter of Saturday night's game against Utah.

According to a school news release, Williams suffered a concussion and a severe stinger while converting a fourth-and-1 run. He was strapped to a board and carted off the field after a long delay as medical personnel worked to analyze his injuries and immobilize him.

At the hospital, Williams underwent imaging and other testing to eliminate concern of a spine-related injury. He was alert Saturday night and his condition continued to improve.

Williams' status for Friday's home game against Middle Tennessee State (7 p.m., ESPNU) is uncertain and will be based on his day-to-day progression and continued improvement, the release said.

Williams had rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries before the injury. He entered the weekend as the No. 3 rusher in the nation, averaging 163.3 yards per game, but dropped to 10th nationally. He is now averaging 126 yards per game.

"Anytime Jamaal is off the field, it affects the game," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said in his postgame address to the media. "Our concern right now is just for his health."