Nanaimo/Chilliwack (Nanaimo Daily News) – The Valley Huskers player taken from the field by ambulance during Saturday’s Canadian Junior Football League Game in Nanaimo against the Vancouver Island Raiders is recovering from non-serious injuries, according to the team’s head coach.
During the fourth quarter of the 53-0 Raiders win at Caledonia Park, Valley (Chilliwack) defensive lineman Jessie Smith suffered a neck injury and lay near motionless for an extended period of time before being taken off the field on a stretcher by ambulance and fire personnel to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
“Jessie is doing way better,” said Valley head coach Adam Smith.
“He was released from the hospital that night and made it on the ferry with us.
“He is really stiff as his neck muscles are strained bad but there is no serious damage.”
While Jessie Smith was on the field, both teams took a knee with concern for his wellbeing.
“The V.I. Raiders Organization was first class in handling and helping us out with the whole situation,” he said