W.T. Woodson senior wide receiver-defensive back Patrick Mahler, taken from the field on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury during Friday night's loss to McLean, appears to have no permanent damage from the injury, although he likely will miss the rest of the season.
Mahler was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital after he jammed his neck while trying to block an extra point in the Cavaliers' 45-24 loss. He lay motionless on the field for close to 30 minutes, but Woodson Coach Mark Cox said Mahler was alert at the time and had feeling in his arms and legs. He underwent several tests at the hospital before being released Saturday.
"We are very fortunate that Patrick was not hurt any worse," Cox said. "He came to practice [yesterday] just to let everyone know he was okay. They are still waiting on one test but for now he seems all right."
Cox said Mahler is expected to be able to play lacrosse in the spring. Mahler was the top defenseman for the Cavaliers' lacrosse team, which finished 15-3 and won the unofficial Virginia state title with an 8-7 overtime victory over Albemarle of Charlottesville.