BERKELEY -- Cal football took its first day off from practice in fall camp on Wednesday, but injured safety Avery Sebastian kept himself busy by thanking well-wishers via Twitter.

"I Truly appreciate all the love and care everyone has wished me and I hope to see all friends fans and family soon. Thank God for healing me," said Sebastian, whose Twitter account indicates he has sent out nearly 9,000 tweets.

Later he wrote, "Cal has given me the best care and my coaches friends n teammates have provided me with comfort. Thank you once again everyone #road2recovery."

Sebastian, a junior from McDonough, Ga., was injured during a Monday team scrimmage when he collided with running back Jeffrey Coprich.

He was taken off the field in an ambulance and released from the hospital Tuesday morning. Coach Sonny Dykes said Sebastian was experiencing some pain in his neck and said he would continue to be diagnosed.

Visiting with host Tom Tolbert on KNBR-1050 on Wednesday afternoon, Dykes said Sebastian is progressing.

"He's actually doing really well. He's feeling much better," Dykes said. "He's a great kid. We're looking forward to getting him back when he's healthy.

"It's scary, it really is. That's a tough thing to see a teammate go down. It ended up being one of those things that looked a lot worse than it was. We're just fortunate that Avery is recovering."


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The Bears resume practice Thursday at Memorial Stadium at 4:30 p.m. There is no timetable for Sebastian's return to practice.

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