I've had a herniated disc that required surgery. (My MRI looked pretty similar, and the numbness, pain... all those.) That is 24/7 pain I wouldn't wish on - well, I was going to say my worst enemy, but let's say Jenna in this case. I feel terrible for Chris, though I agree with posters that he should have been more careful lifting.
Hope he's gotten treatment and recovering. The other problem with this kind of injury is that the recurrence rate is high, too, so he'll need to be extra careful in future seasons.