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A Lauderdale County football player was flown to Huntsville Hospital after he was injured during practice.
Skylar Shepherd is going into the 9th grade at Lauderdale County High School and a member of the varsity football team. Tuesday, during afternoon practice Shepherd made a tackle and he and another player fell on the ground. The other player's heel hit Shepherd's kidney, damaging it, according to family.
Shepherd's family describes him as having a high pain tolerance but he began urinating blood and getting sick. He was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital then flown to Huntsville Hospital. Shepherd has been moved to a regular room after spending a night in ICU. His family told WAAY 31 doctors are monitoring his kidney.
"It was scary," said Jeff Mason, the head football coach at Lauderdale County High School.
Mason told WAAY 31 Shepherd's injury is a freak accident. During practice they were using all of the pads and equipment to prevent something like this from happening, but accidents and injuries can still happen.
"We have top equipment and pads. We work on how to tackle and hit right. We go to training to do that," said Mason.
Mason describes Skyler as a player that gives 100 percent, even in practice. His family tells us he won't be able to play football or have a lot of physical activity for the next few months while he continues to heal.
"He's a great kid and a bubbly personality. The whole campus is looking forward to him getting back," said Mason.
Shepherd's family said he will have another CT scan on Friday and that will determine when he can be released. Mason told us the whole community has lifted Skylar and his family up in prayer.
"People were praying, calling, and texting it was amazing," said Mason.
Shane Dabbs, a close family friend to the Shepherds, said the community is rallying behind them. Dabbs said they can't wait for Skylar to heal and come home.
"They have really come together and everybody is praying for him, and good things are happening," said Dabbs.
Shepherd’s family said they are thankful for all the prayers and messages of support.