What we know about Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders' health and injuries

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Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders is back on the sidelines after reportedly suffering "life-threatening" complications after foot surgery.

Jackson State (11-1) clinched the SWAC East for the Tigers when Sanders returned, won the SWAC championship and clinched a berth in the Celebration Bowl against South Carolina State. .

Sanders took to social mediato give an update on his health status in a four-minute video on Thee Pregame Show's YouTube page entitled "Lord I thank ya..."

Here's what we know about Sanders' injuries and health right now.

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He is recovering from complications after foot surgery

Deion Sanders missed three games while recovering from complications after foot surgery. He was released from the hospital after dealing with "life-threatening" complications, ESPN reported during Saturday's Celebration Bowl broadcast.

Sanders returned to the sidelines Nov. 13 when he made the trip to Louisiana for the Tigers' game versus Southern. He was seen in a motorized wheelchair and wore a headset during the game.

Jackson State won all three games while Sanders was out, under interim coach Gary Harrell. Sanders said he lost 30 pounds during his recovery.

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders scoots back to the sideline after checking on one of his injured players during the game against Delta State at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders scoots back to the sideline after checking on one of his injured players during the game against Delta State at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

Deion Sanders opens up on YouTube

Sanders broke his silence about his recovery in a YouTube video. He expressed gratitude to God for getting him through his time in the hospital in the YouTube video:

"Lord I thank you, I see you hear me say that and you don’t know where that comes from," Sanders said. "It’s a wheelchair right here and I’m in that chair, nevertheless I say Lord I thank you. I can’t walk on my own and people have to help me get in and out of everything, but I say Lord I thank you. It’s hard to even make it to the bathroom by myself without the assistance of others, but Lord I thank you."

Sanders asked himself the question: How can he still thank God when it's hard for him to help himself in his condition.

"Because I'm alive. And I got another opportunity to help you. See I often say when much is given, much is required but we don't understand the backside of that," Sanders said. "So you think I'm going to praise him up here and I can't praise him when I'm going through my affliction. The only reason I'm going through my affliction is that the devil is smart enough to know that I change things."

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. Sanders described the pain he felt in the video:

"You have no idea what I've dealt with," Sanders said. "You have no idea what the voices I've heard, you have no idea the pain I felt, you have no idea what I'm going through, and still Lord I thank you. I hear you."

Gabe Hauari is a digital producer for the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @GabeHauari.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: What happened to Deion Sanders? Update on his health and injuries

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