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Tennessee State linebacker critical after collapsing, needing surgery

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    Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, left, and Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed meet on the field after an NCAA college football game today in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 31-27.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> Tennessee State linebacker Christion Abercrombie collapsed on the sideline late in the first half against Vanderbilt today and was in critical condition after emergency surgery for a head injury.

University officials issued a statement today saying Abercrombie was being observed. Tigers coach Rod Reed headed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to check on the linebacker after the game.

Reed told The Tennessean he was not sure exactly how or when the Atlanta native was hurt before coming to the sideline late in the second quarter of a 31-27 loss to Vanderbilt .

“He came to the sideline and just kind of collapsed there,” Reed said.

Abercrombie was given oxygen on the sideline, then taken away on a stretcher.

The linebacker redshirted at Illinois in 2016 and played 11 games in 2017 before transferring to Tennessee State. He came into today’s game as the Tigers’ second-leading tackler and was credited with five tackles and a quarterback hurry before being injured.

After the game ended, players from both teams joined Reed and Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason for a prayer for Abercrombie, his family and the Tigers.

“Football’s what we do, not who we are,” Mason said. “I know what it is to be a coach. I know what it is to have a player who’s injured. At the end of the day, when serious injuries happen, football becomes secondary.”

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