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Crater's Devin Massey released from hospital

Crater High senior running back Devin Massey was released from Rogue Valley Medical Center on Saturday after tests returned negative on an arm injury sustained during Friday night's 31-14 win over Hermiston.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior was tackled hard on a run with just over three minutes to play in the second round Class 5A football state playoff game at Dutch Meyer Field.

Massey lay motionless on the field in the moments following the play, but showed movement in his extremities after about a 20-minute delay when he held up an arm and pointed skyward as he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

"He's out of the hospital and he's walking around but he's really, really sore," said Crater coach John Beck. "As far as they can tell there was some type of severe nerve trauma to his arm and we'll just have to see after he's had some time to get better. He just needs rest. Nothing's broken, so that was good news."

Beck said Massey was to undergo some ice bath treatments Saturday to help spur his recovery, but it's too early to tell whether the team's leading rusher will be able to play in this week's state quarterfinals.

"We'll have to take a serious look at it this week," said the coach. "He's a big part of our program but he's walking pretty slow."

On the key play Friday, Beck said Massey was fighting for extra yardage when he was tackled high near his head and got twisted on his way down.

Massey was the Southern Sky Conference's third-leading rusher during the regular season with 78 carries for 568 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. He had 38 yards on 12 carries prior to his injury in Friday's playoff opener.

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 776-4488, or e-mail khenry@mailtribune.com