HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – On a sunny Monday afternoon in September Hubbard’s football team prepared for its next game without a member of its team.
Devin Howe is in a hospital room 60 miles away, working on recovery.
In last Friday night’s game, Howe suffered a traumatic brain injury during the 2nd quarter. Hubbard Athletic Trainer Brian Appel was not comfortable telling the exact condition Devin suffered.
“I saw him kind of stumbling, going toward where we had water set up,” Appel said.
Appel said he pulled Howe out of the game and already checked him for a concussion. Shortly after, Devin fell down on the sideline. The other football team’s athletic trainer and paramedics were there to help Appel just seconds after Devin’s collapse.
“Timing was critical in this,” Appel said.
Devin was rushed to MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland where he had surgery.
On Sunday, WKBN was told Devin was alert and talkative, asking questions about what had happened during the game.
“The whole rest of the game, I kept thinking. Did I do everything I could have?” Appel said.
Off the field, the athletic trainer said he is not sure how long Devin’s recovery process will be, but he said it is the worst case scenario.
“It’s an increasingly rare condition that occurred. This happens in less than one percent of cases,” Appel said.
It is unknown how long Devin’s recovery will be and if he will ever play football again.