PHILADELPHIA — Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo said Wedneday that he received a text message from the family of freshman quarterback Ralph Montalvo, saying that the player who was critically injured in a car accident near his home in South Florida last week has been upgraded to "serious but stable" condition.
Montalvo remains in a medically-induced coma at the Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, according to Niumatalolo. Reading from the text message, Niumatalolo said that Montalvo's setback on Monday was due to a sinus infection, but added that the swelling on Montalvo's brain has gone down in the past day.
Montalvo was a passenger in a car that was involved in a single-vehicle accident Thanksgiving night. The car, driven by a close friend of Montalvo, crashed into a house on a dark, fog-shrouded street. The driver of the car is also hospitalized and was also put in a medically-induced coma, Niumatalolo said earlier this week.
Niumatalolo was here at Lincoln Financial Field promoting the upcoming game between Navy (7-4) and Army (2-9) on Dec 8. The Midshipmen have beaten the Cadets 10 straight years and are looking to bring the Commander in Chief's Trophy back to Annapolis for the first time in three years. This marks the first time since 2005 that the trophy will be decided by the outcome of the Army-Navy game.