Lansdowne junior football player Steve Sickle suffered a bruised and swollen spinal cord, a severely broken thumb and a concussion after fainting and falling face-first on the ground in Friday's loss to Hereford.
Sickle, 15, said from his home last night that he was released from University Hospital after surgery to repair a broken thumb, and that he must return for a checkup Thursday to further examine his spinal cord injury.
Doctors said Sickle, a champion weightlifter and also a baseball player, "is done for the football season," he said.
"They said they can't really tell what's wrong because of the swelling around my neck, but I go back Thursday for X-rays on my neck and a CAT scan," said Sickle. "They had to put metal rods through my thumb and my hand."
Lansdowne athletic director Bob Newton said Sickle, a linebacker, was pulling to make a tackle near the end of the game when he suddenly collapsed.
Sickle was unconscious "for about two or three minutes," according to coach Ted Bell, and immobilized immediately by a trainer and paramedics on the scene, Newton said.
Sickle said he does not recall falling down or how he injured his thumb. "It happened so quickly. All I remember is waking up with people around me," he said.
Newton said Shock Trauma officials have deduced Sickle broke his thumb on an earlier play and "fainted," perhaps as a result of the pain, and suffered the concussion.