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Role of Hit in HS Football Player's Death Questioned

(WBEN) There is increasing evidence that 16 year old Brocton High School Football player Damon Janes's death on the field earlier this month may not have been the result of a direct head-to-head hit.

Janes was a running back on the Westfield/Brocton football team and lost consciousness after a  hit during a game against Portville High School on Sept. 13.  Janes, a junior at Brocton Central School,  died a few days later.

Time Warner's YNN News Channel is quoting Brocton School Superintendent John Hertlein as saying it was not a helmet-to-helmet hit that caused the young player's death and that  Janes walked to the sideline before passing out

Janes's cause of death has not been made public, but in recent days there have been similar suggestions that a direct hit did not occur.

  Hear more in earlier interviews with...
WBEN's Tony Caligiuri

Dr. Elad Levy MD

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"Talking with Mark Adair of Football weekly he tells me he's spoken with Portville's coach who went over the game film over 100 times and did not see a head to head collision, or even a knee to the head collision, so to him it's a mystery of what did happen," says WBEN's Tony Caligiuri, who also hosts Inside High School Sports on WGR Sportsradio 550.

"I think  theres going to be investigations to see if there was some sort of pre existing condition or something with family history," Caligiuri says.

Earlier, at the time of Janes's death, his family had issued a statement that said his death was because of a head-to-head hit.

Dr. Elad Levy, chair of Neurosurgery at Kaleida Health and a consultant to the NFL on head injuries tells WBEN that the Janes's ability to walk off the field immediately after the event does not necessarily indicate that there was no hit, and symptoms are sometimes delayed in injuries like this.

" You have to be very careful. Just because the child appears to be OK after a sudden impact, can give a false sense of security," Levy says.

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