Recovery continues for injured Tenn. football player Baylor Bramble

Recovery continues for injured Tenn. football player Baylor Bramble

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Recovery continues for injured Tenn. football player Baylor Bramble

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Baylor Bramble (Photo: Daily News Journal )

Baylor Bramble (Photo: Daily News Journal )

The recovery of injured Tennessee high school football player Baylor Bramble is continuing at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and he has made his greatest strides since being injured Oct. 23.

Bramble sustained a head trauma during Siegel’s 44-14 win over Warren County on Oct. 23. The Siegel High junior, who was making his first career start at cornerback, left the game late in the fourth quarter complaining of a severe headache. He was eventually airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and underwent surgery.

According to regular updates from his father, Bramble is no longer breathing with an oxygen vent and a smaller trach has been inserted. Last week, Bramble went 4 1/2 hours with his trach capped off, meaning he is doing 100 percent of the breathing through his mouth and nose, and there was some slight eye opening. On Sunday, that time frame increased to 6 1/2 hours.

His father wrote last week that Bramble “was able to move one arm and some fingers on command. In addition, he has continued to swallow ice chips and has maintained his weight.” He was recently approved for an additional two weeks at the Shepherd Center.

“We remain amazed at all the love that is still in this world, and it is impossible to express the proper thanks that is due,” David Bramble wrote. “Please know that your prayers are being heard by God and felt by the entire Bramble family.”

With the family in Atlanta, Baylor’s younger brother was a special guest of the Falcons and tight end Jacob Tamme at Sunday’s game. Tamme was among the first athletes to lend his support to the Bramble family after the injury.

Supporters of Siegel High and coach Greg Wyant also arranged for Christmas presents for Baylor’s younger brother and sister.

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