Former NFL and University of Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead lost part of his left leg in a single-car accident Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville said Wednesday night.
"He'll never play again, obviously," Tuberville said on his weekly 700 WLW-AM radio show. "It's just devastating."
Pead, 26, who played at Cincinnati from 2008-2011, was ejected from his vehicle when it hit a metal guardrail, causing it to become airborne and strike several trees as it went down an embankment. He had emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition.
Former Bearcats defensive back Wesley Richardson was in the car with Pead. The 27-year-old Richardson was also hospitalised with minor injuries but has since been released, Tuberville said.
According to witnesses cited in the crash report, their vehicle had been travelling down the highway at speeds in excess of 90 mph before it crashed.
Pead was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.
"You try to tell these kids to watch your speed or watch things," Tuberville said. "There was nothing involved other than speed, and he had a blowout. When you have a blowout, you can't control the car."
Pead, a second-round draft pick in 2012, spent three seasons with the then-St. Louis Rams before short stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. He was a free agent at the time of his crash, but had received interest from the Kansas City Chiefs just a few days prior.