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Big E's C1 vertebrae not 'healing optimally,' hoping to avoid fusion surgery

Big E suffered a broken neck during a tag team match on SmackDown this March.
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Big E has provided an update on his recovery from a broken neck.

In a tweet on Friday morning, the former WWE Champion shared that his C1 vertebrae "apparently isn't healing optimally." He's going to spend another 4-6 weeks in a neck brace in hopes of avoiding fusion surgery.

"For those desirous of an update, my C1 apparently isn’t healing optimally," Big E wrote. "I’ll spend another 4-6 weeks in a brace in hopes that I can avoid a fusion. But don’t you fret! I’ve got a tremendous support system & what shall be shall be."

Big E suffered a broken neck during a tag team match on the March 11 episode of SmackDown. A spot went wrong and Big E landed on his head when taking an overhead belly-to-belly suplex on the floor from Ridge Holland.

The day after suffering the injury, Big E posted a video announcing that he had fractured his C1 vertebrae and C6 vertebrae, but they weren't displaced and there was no spinal cord damage or ligament damage.