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| August 27, 2010, 07:03 PM | 12 Comments

Earlier this week, South River High School Head Football Coach, Steve Erxleben, was suspended for a vague infraction about keeping students safe. Eye On Annapolis was the only source citing the player who had broken his back on the football field.

This afternoon, we spoke with a student at South River High who has firsthand knowledge of the incident. The sophomore was at practice and participating in a passing drill when he was hit. He advised Coach Erxleben of the injury and was instructed to continue with practice as it did not appear to be a traumatic injury at the time.

The Capital is reporting the injury occurred on August 14; and in an earlier report, we indicated it was the 16th. Sources are now confirming that the injury occurred on the 14th. The diagnosis was made on the 16th.

The student is suffering from a broken back with three separate fractures and was also suffered a back injury during a game in the 2009 season.

We spoke with several students at the school today and they told us that there has been a show of solidarity for Steve Erxleben with many of them wearing the letter “X” made from tape on their backs.  While he is suspended, The Capital also is reporting that he is on campus and observing the team. According to the paper, he was watching a scrimmage from the roof of the gymnasium.

There is still no word on the exact nature of the investigation, but based on this new information, it is likely surrounding Coach Erxleben’s failure to secure immediate aid to an injured player.

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  1. Fred Shubbie says:

    What a sad man to look longingly from afar at the team he failed to protected for serious injury, There is no acceptable reason for a coach to lazily ignore the requirements that surround an injured player. To glorify him is to encourage this type of negligence and as a parent this is unacceptable. I stand behind any and all means to punish this careless coach and would encourage a lawsuit in order for this poor young boy to be compensated for all his suffering and all that he has lost .

  2. Bob Jones says:

    The statement that the kid “was instructed to continue practicing” is incorrect. The coach DID NOT have the kid continue, and told him to sit out because the kid only said he was stiff/sore. The kid walked off the field without help and did not report that he needed help. If the kid said he needed help, the coach would have called for an ambulance, which he HAS done in the past if need be.

    Coach Erxleben loves his team and would never, EVER make someone play if they were injured. EVER! The suspension is due to an accident report he failed to fill out with the school. A piece of paper. Period. If the other players (and most likely the injured boy’s friends) thought the Coach had cruel practices, then why on earth would they support him?

  3. laura says:

    he deffinently didnt tell the kid to keep playing. the kid was escorted from the field. the boy claimed he didnt need medical attention, i know this because i am friends with many of them players on the foot ball team. so before you call him careless you need to get your facts straight and know what you are talking about. yeah erxleben should have filed paperwork, and he should pay the consequence for failing to do so, but a law suit? thats rediculous. all people want to do these days are sue sue sue. grow up. i agree with bob, he loves his team very much. all of the team members love and support him. if he did any wrong doing intentionally they WOULD NOT WANT HIM BACK!!!!!!

  4. John Frenaye says:

    Laura. At the high school level, I might suggest that it is the responsibility of the Coach to determine the need for medical attention. Perhaps the coaches in the county are not trained well enough to know the difference between a serious injury and one that is not so serious. ANY back or head injury must be treated as serious and must seek medical attention. This is one of the first things they teach you in EMT or Paramedic class. It is better to be safe than sorry. If the school district’s policy is to allow a student to self diagnose an injury, that policy needs to be changed and if the coach followed the established rules, he shoudl return to his job.

  5. Samantha says:

    i go to south river & support mr erxleben , he did not have the kid continue playing & i know this for a fact because my brother is friends with him .. get your facts straight .

  6. John Frenaye says:

    After the injury, during practice, did the player receive medical treatment? Or was he told to remain at practice?

  7. Bob Jones says:

    The player was not “told” to remain at practice. When he received treatment, I’m not sure. But if you saw someone walking around not complaining of pain and not cowering over in pain would you think he was hurt? Honestly? And like I said earlier, he was not suspened over the injury. He was suspended due to the accident report he failed to fill out and submit to the school. And the policy is even more screwy in that the report clearly states at the top of the paper that it is to be filled out by the principal. Yes, it doesn’t make sense. But the coach was not suspended due to any negligence on the field. Period.

  8. Bob Jones says:

    Also, this kid had a back injury last year. For some reason, his doctor cleared him to play football. Why? I don’t know. But I’d love to know what doctor that is so I don’t make the mistake in seeing that same doctor.

  9. Fred Shubbie says:

    Oh Bob, why are you blaming the victim for the coaches mistake ? This coach clearly disregarded protocol and if this minor player has a history of back injuries the coach is doubly negligent. There is nothing to gained in highschool by playing hurt or ‘toughing it out”. But we will all have to wait to see how this unfolds before we can see the degree to which this bad coach hurt the child and his own reputation. I am all for scarificing one gung-ho coach to make an example of him to show other coachesd what happens when you ignore an injured player.

    A panther never neglects their young.

  10. running with scissors says:

    I think what probably happened the kid hurt his back, told the coach, coach told him to sit down and over the next day or 2 things got worse. The parents take him to doctor and the doctor gives them the bad news,they call the school, they don’t know what parents are talking about and a whole chain of events ensue. Hope the young man is going to be ok.

  11. Bob Jones says:

    Well Freddie, I never said the coach didn’t screw up, The reason and ONLY REASON he was suspended was b/c he failed to fill out a piece of paper!

    And here’s another fact: the parents of the injured player don’t blame the coach. I have my sources.

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