UF linebacker Ball set to move out of ICU today

Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:16 p.m.

Florida sophomore linebacker Neiron Ball is no longer in a life-threatening situation and will be moved out of intensive care at Shands Hospital at UF today, his high school coach said Thursday night.

“They're going to move him out of ICU tomorrow,” Jackson (Ga.) High School coach Mike Parris said. “Once they do that, I think they're going to put him in a room and he'll stay there for a few days while they run some tests.

“He's doing OK. He's having headaches. He's scared more than anything. Other than that, he's doing pretty good. I think he's going to be fine. The doctors told his family he is out of a life-threatening situation.”

Ball was hospitalized earlier this week when a blood vessel burst in his brain. Doctors said Ball was being treated for a congenital vascular condition.

“I don't know a whole lot of medical things right now,” Parris said. “But they're going to run some tests and keep him a couple of days until the blood gets out of his brain.”

Ball is not expected to participate in spring football, which begins next month. Parris said doctors have not talked to Ball or his family about whether Ball will eventually be able to return to the game.

“Nobody knows anything about football at this point,” Parris said. “Everyone just wants to get him back healthy. That's what we're looking at right now.”

In an e-mail to The Gainesville Sun, Ball's sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, said Ball is recovering: “He is doing fine. We appreciate the care that the doctors at Shands Hospital are providing. The support of the coaching staff at the University of Florida has been phenomenal. Thank you for your prayers and concern.”

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