UW-Eau Claire linebacker in critical condition

Associated Press

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire linebacker remained in critical condition Sunday after making helmet-to-helmet contact with another player during a game.

Justin Greenwood, 22, was being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., after Saturday's game at UW-River Falls.

After making helmet-to-helmet contact with another player while covering a kickoff, Greenwood began to walk off the field, collapsed, and lost consciousness.

He was taken off the field on a stretcher and driven by ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital, where he was stabilized and X-rayed, the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire reported.


He was then flown to Regions Hospital where a CAT scan was performed, according to family members and coach Todd Hoffner, who were waiting at the hospital.

The CAT scan revealed a blood clot on the brain, and Greenwood underwent surgery to fix the condition.

Greenwood, a graduate of Park Falls High School, is a senior academically and a junior athletically at UW-Eau Claire.

After spending his first year of college at UW-Oshkosh, he transferred to UW-Eau Claire in the spring of 2001.

Greenwood played on special teams last season before earning a starting spot at linebacker this season.

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