Good news: Collins out of hospital, tests negative

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USF sophomore point guard Anthony Collins, who left Saturday's win against George Mason on a stretcher with a frightening neck injury, was released from Florida Hospital Tampa late Saturday night and all tests were negative, avoiding any significant injury.

USF said Sunday that Collins underwent MRIs, X-rays and CAT scans while in the hospital, and while he's now resting, there's no sign of how quickly he'll be able to return to the basketball court. USF finishes its nonconference schedule Wednesday in a rematch against Central Florida, which beat the Bulls in Tampa in the season opener. USF opens its Big East schedule in one week, facing No. 9 Syracuse in the Sun Dome on Jan. 6.

Collins, who took a knee to the head while scrambling for a loose ball in the second half of Saturday's win, is among the national leaders in assists and was a huge part of USF's NCAA Tournament run last season. If he can't play, the Bulls would turn to junior Martino Brock, the team's starting shooting guard, who stepped in for Collins when he was sidelined by a calf injury last month in a win at Stetson.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 30, 2012 2:43pm]

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