NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Injured Tulane safety Devon Walker cannot get around on his own but will be home for the holidays, according to a statement from Tulane.

"Devon is not yet mobile, but each day he continues the fight to get better," according to the statement released Monday by the athletic department.

It quoted Walker as saying he's happy to be going home to see family and friends.

"Some days, when I think that I just can't do this anymore, remembering my many friends and supporters (both old and new) who are praying for me gives me the strength to go on," he said. "I know that my fight is just beginning. Please continue to pray for my recovery."

Walker's spine was fractured when he made a tackle Sept. 8 at Tulsa.

He is at an undisclosed rehabilitation facility. New Orleans Saints players and coaches including Drew Brees, Joe Vitt, Jonathan Vilma, Pierre Thomas, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Will Smith and Zach Strief visited him there on Nov. 29, his 22nd birthday, the university said.

His family has asked for privacy, including no statements from Tulane about whether Walker can move his arms or legs. Spinal injuries can paralyze people.