Mississippi football player in critical condition with brain injury

Peyton Flowers (Facebook photo)

Peyton Flowers (Facebook photo)

A Loyd Star (Wesson, Miss.) football player is in critical condition after suffering a brain injury following the Hornets’ Homecoming game against West Lincoln.

According to coach Adam Cook, senior Peyton Flowers, who plays linebacker and running back, came off the field and asked to sit out the next series after the Hornets scored late in the third quarter.

“He came off for the extra point and asked, ‘Coach, can I get a break on the next series of defense?’ ” Cook said. “He went and sat on the bench and we gave him some water.”

On the sideline, Flowers was treated by a trainer. After West Lincoln punted, Cook said he looked back to see if Flowers was able to go back in on offense.The trainer signaled to the coach that the senior was not cleared for action.

“A few moments later he went unconscious and they called an ambulance,” Cook said.

Flowers was taken to a medical center in Brookhaven and was then air lifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center where he is currently being treated for a subdural hematoma, which is a collection of blood outside of the brain.

Flowers underwent a procedure Saturday to relieve building pressure on his brain, according to Cook, and has been put in a medially induced coma.

At no point during the game does Cook recall a catastrophic hit that may have caused a head injury.

“He wasn’t complaining of a headache or anything,” he said. “When we went to the locker room at halftime, talked about adjustments and he seemed fine. He was drinking Gatorade at halftime and water on the sideline during the game.”

– Riley Blevins contributed to this report.

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