Lucky's condition fair; 'illicit' drugs, alcohol not a factor

Updated: February 14, 2007, 3:15 AM ET
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky was in fair condition Tuesday with an undisclosed problem, though his family said his hospitalization was not caused by alcohol or "illicit drugs."

Lucky's health has been shrouded in mystery since he was taken to BryanLGH Medical Center West on Sunday night. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Lucky was unconscious when rescue workers arrived at the apartment he shares with teammate Jordan Picou.

Lucky's family issued a statement through the NU athletic department that did not address why emergency personnel were called to his off-campus apartment.

"Marlon's condition continues to improve. He has been removed from the intensive care unit, and his condition has been upgraded to fair," the family said. "We would like to make it clear that Marlon's medical emergency did not come about as a result of the use of alcohol or any illicit drugs."

Lucky, from North Hollywood, Calif., was slowed by a back injury and shared playing time with three other I-backs as a sophomore in 2006. He started six games and was the team's second-leading rusher, with 728 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes for 383 yards. He averaged 19.1 yards on eight kickoff returns.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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