Donald home after injury at W. Lincoln|[10/30/07]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2007

St. Aloysius coach Jim Taylor said he wouldn’t rule out senior receiver Chip Donald being able to return to the team this week, despite what looked like a scary situation after Donald was hit near his upper back and neck in Friday’s game against West Lincoln.

Donald was released from a Brookhaven hospital after being evacuated by ambulance from West Lincoln High School. Observers said he was on the ground for nearly 30 minutes.

“He was in real pain, but he was conscious and could move. We just have to take all the precautions because it was a neck injury. He had gotten hit beside his neck and then was twisted. He had muscle spasms going down his back,” Taylor said.

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“He probably could have gotten up but we had to wait 15 to 20 minutes for the ambulance to come in from Brookhaven,” Taylor said. “He was able to go home with his parents.

“Today (Monday) they took him for some more X-rays and tests and he wasn’t at school at all. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back this week. It’ll be up to his doctor and his parents,” Taylor said.

The Flashes (4-5, 4-4) won a shootout in West Lincoln, 56-38, behind quarterback Chris Lewis, who rushed for 139 yards and passed for 61. Two of his four completions went to Donald for 32 yards.

On Friday, St. Al plays its final home game and will honor its seniors when second-ranked Mount Olive visits Balzli Field.