CHICAGO — Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree remains hospitalized in Florida after surgery for a severe spinal injury suffered in a May 18 swimming accident, the university said Wednesday.
The school said Roundtree will return to campus "at the appropriate time in his recovery process." It did not reveal any details on his condition, citing HIPAA regulations.
"Out of respect and sensitivity to the current situation involving Bobby Roundtree, no further information on his status will be available at this time," the university news release said.
Illinois said it is planning a fundraising opportunity for the Aug. 31 season opener against Akron to help Roundtree's family with medical expenses. The school asked well-wishers to send messages of support via email to BobbyRoundtree@illinois.edu.
Coach Lovie Smith spent last week in the Tampa area visiting Roundtree and his family, the release said. It said defensive line coach Austin Clark, a Tampa native, "has been especially present," while other coaches, staff and teammates also have visited.
"Bobby continues to have a positive spirit and intends to fight hard during his recovery," Smith said in a statement. "He has a long road ahead during his recovery, and we will be there to support Bobby and his family the entire way."
Illinois announced May 20, the day after Roundtree's surgery, that he was sitting up, eating and speaking.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Roundtree led Illinois last season with 7 1/2 sacks and 12 1/2 tackles for a loss and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.