N.Y. high school football player dies from head injury

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ELWOOD, Ny. -- The seriousness of head injuries in the NFL has finally become a real concern in recent years. The problem can start long before the eyes of Monday Night Football are watching.

Wednesday night, a high school in New York was tackled by tragedy when they lost one of their football players to a severe head injury.  Offensive lineman, Tom Cutinella died after collapsing on the field in front of dozens of fans.

"I think it was the result of a typical football play.  It was just a freak accident.  You know, the game involves contact," says Steven Cohen, Superintendent of Shoreham-Wading River Central School District.

Family and friends at the game say Cutinella stood up immediately after being hit by an opponent, but then dropped back onto the field.  An ambulance rushed him to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Cutinella is the third high school football player to die just this week from a head injury sustained during a game.  Demario Harris from Alabama, and Isaiah Langston from North Carolina; both dead before ever seeing their senior year of high school.

Losing a football game is never fun, but losing a player; that's happening all too often.

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