Condition of football player improves

Updated: October 2, 2003, 2:57 AM ET

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- The condition of Wisconsin-Eau Claire football player Justin Greenwood, who suffered a head injury in the team's game Saturday, has been upgraded from critical to serious.

The condition was changed Wednesday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., where he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot and stop bleeding in the brain.

The linebacker was injured during a game against Wisconsin-River Falls and was first taken to River Falls Area Hospital before being airlifted to Regions.

The 22-year-old from Park Falls was injured while covering a kickoff late in the second quarter. Greenwood wasn't involved in the tackle but was blocked to the ground and appeared to be hit on the helmet. He got up and went to the defensive huddle.

But just after River Falls broke its huddle, Greenwood walked off the field. He collapsed on the sideline, started vomiting and lost consciousness.

The Blugold football team's Unity Council, made up of senior players, has set up a fund at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire to help Greenwood and his family offset medical expenses.

The family established a Web site to update people on his health.

According to information posted Wednesday, "Justin raised his right arm to grab (his sister) Jamie's hand. He then grasped both of her hands and rubbed his thumbs across the top of her hands. He has a mild case of pneumonia, which is very common after surgery. It is being controlled by antibiotics."

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On the Net:

Greenwood Web site: http://www.caringbridge.org/wi/justin

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