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Mon. September 28, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

The Wharton football team was dealt a severe and emotional blow this weekend with the injury to Wildcats junior Xavier Fisher during Friday's loss to Armwood.

Fisher, a 6-foot, 170-pound starting wide receiver/defensive back, suffered a cracked lumbar after being hit returning a kickoff in Friday's game, Wharton coach David Mitchell said Monday morning.

Mitchell said Fisher can walk, he was released from the hospital Sunday, but that he has to wear a halo for the next three months. The injury ends his season and will likely end his football career.

"It was a freak thing," Mitchell said. "He was returning a kick and he got spun around. This is a great kid. He played it all for us. It's not only a big loss as a player, but as a person."

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