Another week, another tragic loss of life related to a football injury in America.
This time the player in question competed in West Virginia. Dylan Jeffries, a member of the South Harrison High (Lost Creek, W. Va.) football team, suffered a significant head injury during an earlier football game against Lincoln High (Shinnston, W. Va.). Jeffries allegedly suffered a blood clot to the brain and collapsed during game action. He was taken to a nearby medical facility and spent nine days in a medically induced coma before being pronounced dead on Sunday night.
Jeffries' death was announced on Facebook to a group that had been created to send well wishes to the teen and his family.
"Dylan has fought very had through this past week, but today his battle is over. He has gone to be with our Lord and Savior," the family announced on Facebook.
In a touching note, a friend of the Jeffries family, Mileena Beatty wrote on Facebook insisting that the Lincoln team did not bear any responsibility for Jeffries' injuries or the tragedy that has befallen his family and wider Lost Creek community.
"To the Lincoln football team; Dylan knew many of you and was very excited about this game. Please do not blame yourselves if you tackled him or came in any contact with him throughout the game. He would have done the same to you if you were carrying the ball. The Lord planned all of this, though we do not know why, we just have to accept that the Lord’s plans are greater than our wisdom."
Jeffries was one of just two players who died over the weekend related to previous head injuries suffered in games. On Thursday night, Kansas wide receiver recruit Andre Maloney was hospitalized after suffering a stroke on the field, leading to the discovery of a blood clot on his brain. He later died Friday night.
While funeral arrangements for Jeffries have yet to be formalized, a medical fund continues to collect donations to defray the costs of the teen's medical expenses.