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Calif. HS football player suffers head injury during game

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 3:32 PM

Yet another high school football player was seriously injured during a game this weekend.

Josh Nava of Riverside Poly High School in California suffered a head injury Friday night while making a tackle during a game against Moreno Valley Rancho Verde.

Josh Nava has received an outpouring of support after suffering the injury.Riverside Poly Bears Football

Nava was placed in a medically induced coma at Riverside Community Hospital, the Press Enterprise reported. He is expected to “remain under observation for at least the next three days,” the school posted on Facebook.

Josh recently recovered from a concussion he suffered two weeks ago, sources told KTLA.

Video from Friday night’s game shows the senior safety make the hit, then struggle to get to the sideline before collapsing.

Josh’s parents “are thankful for the outpouring of support and ask for the community to continue their support in this tough time,” assistant principal of athletics James Vaughan told the Press Enterprise.

Seven high school football players have died from injuries suffered on the field this fall. Illinois teen Andre Smith became the seventh when he passed away on Oct. 23, hours after playing for Bogan High School.

Six days earlier, Texas teen Cam’ron Matthews died from his injuries.

Josh Nava struggles to the sideline before collapsing. He suffered a head injury after making a tackle.KTLA

Josh Nava struggles to the sideline before collapsing. He suffered a head injury after making a tackle.

Nava collapses after reaching the sideline.KTLA

Nava collapses after reaching the sideline.

Nava makes the hit during Friday night's game.KTLA

Nava makes the hit during Friday night’s game.

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Louisiana’s Tyrell Cameron, Oklahoma’s Ben Hamm, New Jersey’s Evan Murray, Washington state’s Kenney Bui and Georgia’s Rod Williams also tragically died after games.

Josh Nava’s helmet was recently fitted with sensors that are supposed to monitor blows to the head, the Press Enterprise reported.

“There were no abnormal alerts coming from Josh’s helmet during the game,” Riverside Unified School District spokesman Justin Grayson told the Press Enterprise. “That is one of the things that we looked into, is whether any sensors were going off.”

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