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Austin athlete in serious condition
Football player has surgery after spleen injury during practice

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

An Austin High School football player is in Huntsville Hospital recovering from surgery to remove his spleen, ruptured Friday in practice.

Austin head football coach David Norwood said the injury occurred during a tackling drill. School officials would not release the name, but sources tell The Daily that sophomore receiver Blake Caris is the injured player.

A hospital spokeswoman said Caris is in serious condition in the surgical intensive care unit.

According to Norwood, the doctor said a pre-existing condition possibly contributed to the rupture. An ambulance took Caris to Parkway Medical Center, and then he was transferred to Huntsville.

Norwood said the student could get out of the hospital at the end of the week, but he expects recovery to take up to six weeks, so he would possibly miss at least three games. Austin opens the season at Hartselle on Aug. 30.

Carris’ family could not be reached.

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