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Former Duke QB Anthony Boone out of hospital

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone stands poised at the gates leading onto the field at Wallace Wade Stadium on Oct. 14, 2014 in Durham.
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone stands poised at the gates leading onto the field at Wallace Wade Stadium on Oct. 14, 2014 in Durham. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone was released from the hospital over the weekend, nearly a week after the ex-Weddington High standout was seriously injured during a head-on collision with Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson.

Boone, who underwent hand and hip surgeries as a result of the early-morning crash outside Weddington, was released from Carolinas Medical Center on Saturday, according to his agent.

“He’s got a serious road ahead of him,” said Adam Sattler, Boone’s New York-based representative. “But we’re happy he’s home.”

Boone was headed to a workout at 7:45 a.m. on May 22 when an SUV driven by Thompson crossed the center line and collided with Boone’s SUV near Thompson’s home on Potter Road, resulting in $45,000 in damages for the two vehicles.

Thompson, who was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, was cited for driving left of center. State Highway Patrol troopers said Thompson had alcohol in his system, but was not impaired.

Sattler has left open the possibility of legal action against Thompson, but said he wanted to wait until Boone was farther along in his recovery before discussing those options.

Boone, the winningest quarterback in Duke history, played for the Montreal Alouettes last season and was hoping to continue his professional career either in the CFL or NFL. He faces a lengthy rehab from the broken hip and damage to the tendons and ligaments in his hand.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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