Loyola's Van Brooks, a junior defensive back/running back, was still listed in critical condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as a result of an injury suffered in Saturday's game at Georgetown Prep of Rockville.
Brooks was injured while making a tackle as his head collided with the leg of a running back. He lay motionless for nearly a half hour before being stabilized, carried by stretcher to an ambulance and later flown to Shock Trauma.
Hospital spokeswoman Therese Trainum said last night that he remained in critical condition, but declined to give details.
But Loyola coach Brian Abbott, speaking on behalf of the player's mother, Shelly, said Brooks underwent a lengthy operation to repair damaged vertebrae.
"The doctors are saying that time is really the key," Abbott said of Brooks' prospects for recovery.
Abbott said he and Loyola officials are expected to meet today regarding trauma counseling for the Dons' team, students and staff.
"Appropriate measures are being taken," he said.