Good Counsel’s Jesse Aniebonam has been cleared of any serious head or spinal injuries after receiving results from an MRI on Saturday morning. The senior defensive lineman was carted off the field and taken to the hospital following a helmet-to-helmet hit in the final minutes of Friday night’s 30-20 loss to Gonzaga.
Upon arrival at the hospital, Aniebonam was placed under 24-hour observation and given medication to alleviate soreness in his neck. Coach Bob Milloy said Saturday that Aniebonam was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons and barring any setbacks, he will be released from the hospital late Saturday.
The injury occurred when Aniebonam went to tackle Gonzaga tailback Reggie Corbin with 3 minutes 36 seconds remaining in the game. As Aniebonam made the play, he smashed helmets with one of his teammates and immediately went down to the ground, clutching his head in pain. The Maryland commit remained on the field for more than five minutes as trainers attended to him. Falcons Coach Bob Milloy said afterward that Aniebonam was able to move his extremities, squeeze hands and move his legs up and down.