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UPDATE: Tyler Covington, footballer injured in Friday night high school game, will make a full recovery



Tyler Covington, #21 with SIA
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Tyler Covington was seriously injured Friday night, Sept. 27, while playing high school football in Hinds County.

Covington, a member of the Sharkey-Issaquena Academy football team, was unable to move or feel anything below his neck after being hit during the first quarter of the game. A dramatic video by Christian Lancaster showed Covington being airlifted from the game. Convington was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson due to the potential severity of his injuries.

Capture from a video by Christian Lancaster of Tyler Covington being airlifted from the game.

Yesterday, Covington’s mother, Renee Goss, told the Vicksburg Daily News that Tyler had regained some feeling in his extremities and the neurosurgeon diagnosed his condition to be Neurapraxia.

According to, “Neurapraxia is a relatively mild type of nerve injury, and it’s fairly common. It’s often the result of trauma to the body, such as a hard blow to the neck, shoulders, or back.”

In an update sent this morning, Goss wrote: “We got a clear MRI report and are going home some time today! PRAISE GOD”

Goss is grateful for the support shown by the community.

“Please tell everybody how very thankful we are for all of the love & support but most of all for their prayers for Tyler!” she wrote. “Thank you God! We love you all.”

Tyler Covington, #21 SIA

The news is not all good, though.

“Tyler will completely recover from this spinal cord injury,” Goss said she was told by by his neurosurgeon. “However, he will not be able to play football ever again.”


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