Injured Southern player Devon Gales to watch Georgia play Georgia Southern in Athens _lowres

Southern's Devon Gales with his stepmother, Tish Gales, and physical therapist Leigh Rottner during physical therapy last month at the Shepherd Center. The Southern University wide receiver was injured in a football game against the University of Georgia in Athens early in the season. (Photo courtesy of Shepherd Center)


In the public's first glimpse of Southern wide receiver Devon Gales rehabbing since his injury against Georgia, the player is seen working in the spinal cord rehab program at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

The Shepherd Center released the photo, saying "Mr. Gales and his family are appreciative for the outpouring of support from the public, but have requested privacy at this time."

Gales was admitted to Shepherd Center at the end of September after he underwent surgery for several neck fractures suffered in an injury vs. Georgia.

Shepherd’s team of specialists typically consists of “an attending physician, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, recreation therapist, case manager, peer support specialist, nutritionist and psychologist,” according to the statement.

Southern and Georgia officials have worked hand-in-hand since Gales was injured while blocking on a kickoff return during the third quarter of the Jaguars’ 48-6 loss to Georgia in Athens.