MONDAY, OCT. 3, 2011, 1:13 P.M.

PR football player in hospital

UPDATED, Tuesday, 1 p.m.


Bobby Clark, a Priest River High football player, is at Sacred Heart Medical Center recovering from an injury believed to have been sustained in a 63-6 loss to Timberlake on Friday.


Details are sketchy because Priest River High School isn’t releasing any information. Athletic director Brandi Johnson referred calls to the district office.


"That particular student we're real concerned about," West Bonner County School District superintendent Mike McGuire said, citing the Family Educational Rights Act (FERPA) for not releasing his name. "We're hoping for a full recovery as soon as possible."


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According to sources, Clark underwent successful surgery early Saturday morning after suffering a severe head injury. He came off the field Friday before the end of the first half and then collapsed on the sideline. It was originally thought he had suffered a severe concussion.


Priest River football coach Mike McMahon did not return a call.


Sources have said that the player is in critical condition, but it isn’t life threatening. A source also said it is not clear if the injury was football related. The injury has been described as Second Impact Syndrome. The player was airlifted to the hospital from the football field.


"It became less clear that he actually was injured in the game," McGuire said. "Looking at the (video of the game) we failed to find any kind of sign of a tackle or a hit where he took a blow to the head. He had expressed concern earlier in the week that he had a headache, but he hadn't told his coach or anyone at school. So we just don't know. It couldn't have happened in the game, but we just don't know right now."

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