Cedartown player with serious head injury progressing ‘unbelievably well’

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.

8 comments Add your comment


November 5th, 2013
9:55 am

This is great news. Hang in there Caleb. Be strong and keep the faith. We are still praying for you. To the team, We all need someone and someone always needs us. “All things are possible through Christ, from whom my strength comes”


November 5th, 2013
12:41 pm

Amen, god bests this young man.


November 5th, 2013
12:43 pm

Amen! God Bless this young man

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November 5th, 2013
1:24 pm

That is great news, God bless!


November 5th, 2013
8:36 pm

Fantastic news! Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Caleb.

G.T. Manuel

November 6th, 2013
12:36 am

This is great news for the Ely family, God has plans for this young man Caleb. I will be praying for you.

zack summerville

November 6th, 2013
11:23 am

hang in there caleb and good luck.