UK safety Lowery cleared to resume workouts

LoweryA little more than two months after a horrific car accident put him in a hospital intensive care unit, junior Ashely Lowery has been cleared to resume workouts with his Kentucky teammates.

Team doctors have given Lowery, UK’s starting safety most of last season, the OK to begin working out again.

“He’s allowed to do workouts with his teammates at his own pace,” UK spokesman Tony Neely said on Monday. “The High Performance staff will evaluate his fitness level as it works with him.”

Doug Stutsman, a friend of Lowery’s family who served as its spokesman after the car accident on May 4 in Georgia, tweeted the news that Lowery had been cleared on Sunday night.

Early on the morning of May 4, Lowery’s 2006 Nissan Altima reportedly left the road and flipped several times, according to a report issued by the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Lowery, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown more than 100 feet from his mangled vehicle before being taken to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he spent several days in the intensive care unit.

Lowery was released from the medical center on May 10 and returned to UK’s campus in early June.

In late May, Stutsman told the Herald-Leader that the only lasting injury from the single-car crash was a deep gash above his right ankle.

Lowery, who started eight games last season, was fifth on the team in tackles with 43. After spring practices, the junior had been touted by Coach Mark Stoops and the new coaching staff as an emerging defensive leader.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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