Arizona Lineman has Surgery to Save Arm
The condition of Arizona lineman Ernest Dye was upgraded to serious from critical Tuesday after extensive surgery to repair his right arm produced a pulse.
Dye, defensive end Carl Simpson and offensive guard Lester Holmes were injured Monday when their car overturned as they were driving to a team meeting.
"Ernest's situation is day to day, then week to week," said Jerry Mohr, one of the surgeons who operated on Dye for more than eight hours Monday.
Doctors reconnected the bone between the shoulder and elbow, then went about the precise work of repairing nerves, arteries, veins, and other tissue.
After surgery, doctors could detect a pulse in Dye's arm, which means blood was flowing to the repaired limb.
"Their primary concern is to get the blood flowing and maintain it," Cardinals spokesman Greg Gladysiewski said.
It isn't known how long Dye will have to remain in the hospital.
Dye and Simpson were thrown from the car. Holmes was the only one wearing a seat belt.
Simpson was checked for pain in his hip and released. Holmes received a severe cut to the forehead and was released.