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Chicago student in coma after hit during high school game

Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

CHICAGO, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Chicago-area high school football player was in critical condition and in a coma Wednesday following an apparent injury during a football game, officials say.

Drew Williams, a senior at Lane Tech High School, collapsed on the sidelines after taking a hit during a game Friday, WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported.

The student, who played running back and cornerback, was in intensive care after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure from swelling on his brain, Williams' coach said.

"I know he's going to get through this," teammate, Richie Costas, a junior, said as he came to class Wednesday. "It's scary. We were right there."

Counselors have been made available to students experiencing difficulty dealing with Williams' injury.

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