Columbia City senior running back/linebacker Sam Dailey was released from Lutheran Hospital on Tuesday, according to hospital officials.
Dailey is now in a rehabilitation center, according to an email Wednesday from Daileys aunt, Jessica Laux. The family plans on releasing more information later in the week, according to Laux.
A website has been set up, www.doitfordailey.org to help with medical bills. According to the website, Dailey was diagnosed with an acute head injury, which caused a blood clot to form on his brain. His injury was categorized as catastrophic, meaning medical costs exceed $25,000.
Dailey had been at the hospital since Aug. 23, when he suffered a head injury during the third quarter of the Eagles 33-14 season-opening loss at Warsaw. Dailey had been named a team captain that week.
After being downgraded to serious condition Saturday, Dailey was upgraded to good condition and released Tuesday.
Columbia City coach Randy Hudgins had said Dailey was injured while trying to make a tackle against the Tigers. Dailey was eventually taken to Lutheran Hospital and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. About 100 friends, family and teammates were at the hospital in support of Dailey and his family last Friday night after the game, Hudgins said.
T-shirts in support of Dailey, who wears No. 80 and is nicknamed Dae Dae, were sold at last Fridays 34-14 win over Whitley County rival Whitko.
A hog roast benefit is set for Oct. 5 at the Jefferson-Center Fire Department, with a silent auction and face painting among other activities. Also, there are donation cans at the Columbia City Dairy Queen.