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October 14, 2013

Hendryx: Plummer recovering

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Northwestern football coach John Hendryx offered some good news after visiting injured player Michael Plummer in the hospital on Sunday.

“He is doing better,” Hendryx said. “His family is not sure, but they’re thinking he’ll get to come home Tuesday or Wednesday. Obviously, you don’t know for sure, but it looks like if he keeps progressing, that is what will happen.”

Plummer collapsed when running from the sideline to join a huddle during the Tigers’ game Friday night at Peru. He was eventually taken by LifeLine to Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital where he is being treated for a concussion. Hendryx noted Plummer underwent a CT scan Friday night and another one Saturday with the second one showing a sizable reduction in the size of the hemorrhage.

“He is a lot better [Sunday night] than he’s been,” Hendryx said. “I got to talk with him a little bit. We did not talk a lot. He is still in quite a bit of pain.”

It’s unsure when Plummer suffered the concussive hit. Hendryx said the senior running back/defensive back did not take a big hit in Friday’s game, which means it possibly happened in the previous week’s game.

Hendryx said Plummer seemed OK when the trainer was asking him the standard concussion questions after he collapsed. But, his condition started to take a turn for the worse when his breathing became labored.

“I’ve coached a long time, a lot of years, and injuries are a part of football. I’ve seen some that weren’t very good, but that’s probably the first time I’ve been on a football field and been really scared,” Hendryx said.

Hendryx is thankful for how people helped Friday night. He also noted his appreciation for the outpouring of prayers and words of support from places near and far.

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