By David Purdum / For the AJC
Cedartown starting safety Caleb Ely is walking, talking and eating, less than a week after sustaining a head injury that required brain surgery.
“He’s progressing unbelievably well,” Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix said Tuesday. “Without any setbacks, he’ll be moved out of ICU today and hopefully back home by the middle of next week.”
Ely was injured during Friday’s game against Gilmer and collapsed on the sideline late in the third quarter. He was taken to Floyd Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to alleviate swelling in his brain. Hendrix said, after reviewing game video, he was unable to pinpoint the exact play Ely sustained the injury.
The Ely family has created a Facebook page to post updates on Caleb’s recovery.
“His family has been overwhelmed and is extremely grateful for the support they’ve received from everywhere,” said Hendrix. “They would like people to know how much they appreciate it.”
Hendrix said his team was visibly shaken Friday, but responded well during Monday’s practice. The Bulldogs are preparing for a region play-in game against Ridgeland. The winner advances to the AAAA state playoffs.