East player Pena no longer listed as patient

Taylor Mitchell By Taylor Mitchell

Oct. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.

Less than 24 hours after being transported from the football field to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital in Beeville, East's Quinton Pena is no longer listed as a patient at the hospital, according to hospital spokesperson Katy Kiser.

The junior cornerback suffered a concussion during East's 40-30 District 30-4A victory over Beeville. Following a touchdown by Jonathan Ortega in the third quarter, Pena collapsed on the Titans' sideline and was carted off the field on a stretcher and put into an ambulance.

Pena remained at the hospital overnight for observational purposes, but was reportedly alert and talking to his family members. Phone calls placed to East head coach Roland Gonzalez, Athletic Director Ralph Escalona and VISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich were not returned by Saturday's deadline.

According to East's Concussion Protocol, "a student removed from an athletic practice or competition would not be permitted to practice or compete again until the student has been evaluated and cleared to play through a written statement by a physician."

An athlete must also show no signs of post-concussion symptoms for 24 hours before returning to play. If the student exhibits any post concussion symptoms during the return to activity progression, activity is discontinued and the student-athlete must be re-evaluated by a licensed health care professional.

On Friday, Pena was credited with a kickoff return for no yards after calling fair catch.

He has seven solo tackles in five games for East this season.



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