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Wharton players praying for injured teammate

Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: October 13, 2013 at 09:07 AM

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Wharton football players are hoping for a speedy recovery by teammate Sean McNamee, who is in the hospital.

Hillsborough County Schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty said McNamee was injured before practice on Wednesday.

McNamee was escorted off the field to see a trainer on site, and the trainer then called McNamee's family.

After Friday's win against Steinbrenner, Wharton coach David Mitchell did not give an update on McNamee's condition, but said he and his family are in the team's prayers.

“Our guys gave everything for him tonight,” Mitchell said. “Our thoughts and our prayers were with him all through the game.”

Wharton High principal Brad Woods and Hegarty confirmed McNamee is in the hospital, but they would not give any more details.

Tribune correspondent Jeff Berlinicke reported Friday that McNamee was in a medically induced coma.

McNamee was injured Wednesday when his head landed on a paint machine and he was not wearing a helmet.

“We met with the team on Thursday and we let them know what was going on,” Woods said.

McNamee, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound linebacker, had 34 tackles, a fumble recovery and team-high three sacks heading into Friday's game.

Wharton hosts Alonso on Friday in a district game.

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