By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Vanderbilt Commodores won the game on Saturday. However, much of the concern was with Tennessee State Tigers football player Christion Abercrombie.
He left the game with what was described as a “serious head injury.” He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and had emergency surgery.
What type of surgery is not clear at this time. He suffered the injury in the second quarter.
“Tennessee State University football student-athlete Christion Abercrombie remains in critical condition following an injury he suffered during today’s Tennessee State-Vanderbilt game at Vanderbilt Stadium,” the school said in a press late Saturday night.
The Tigers were defeated by the Commodores 31-27. Tennessee State suffered their first loss of the season in the game.
The Tennessean is reporting that Abercrombie was administered oxygen on the sideline before leaving on a stretcher. TSU head coach Rod Reed also told the paper that he collapsed right by the sideline.
He is in his first season at the FCS school after spending the 2016 and 2017 at the University of Illinois. He redshirted the 2016 before appearing in 11 games last season and made 11 tackles.
Abercrombie is from Atlanta, Georgia.
“The last I heard he was in surgery; we’ve been praying for him,” Reed said after the game to the paper. “I’m going to leave here and go there to see about him.”
Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason talked about Abercrombie’s injury during his press conference with the media following the game.
“At the end of the day, I’m a football coach coaching a team and coaching a game, but football’s what we do, not who we are,” Mason said. “I know what it is to be a coach. I know what it is to have a player who’s injured. At the end of the day, when serious injuries happen, football becomes secondary.”
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