New Mexico teen sues to play football despite concussion

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RIO RANCHO, NM - Concussions are the hot-button issue in the NFL right now. But the danger associated with concussions doesn't just impact pro football players;

That's why a lot of states are cracking down. In New Mexico, for example, if a high school athlete suffers a concussion, he or she can't play for a week, but sitting out didn't sit well with the star running back at Cleveland High.

Bruce Carver, Rio Rancho District Athletic Director, says, "Our trainer did identify a concussion. He felt like he was unconscious for up to 20-30 seconds from what I understand."

That meant the teen - who we're not naming because of medical privacy - would be on the bench during the state championship game

Carver adds,  "You know he put his heart and soul into the season and he's not gonna be able to play."

The student wasn't going to take that lying down so he went to court arguing a private doctor found no "signs or symptoms of a brain injury."

A judge signed off on the injunction - even though the school thought it was a bad call.

Beth Pendergrass of Rio Rancho Public Schools says,  "We don't agree with the decision, but we honored the decision."
Carver chimed in by saying,  "We were given a judge's order that we were not to stand in the way of the student athlete playing..."

In the short-term, the teen helped his team win the state championship. But who knows what he'll lose in the long run.


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