Dassel-Cokato Football Player Head Injury 09 Sep 13

A Dassel-Cokato High School junior who suffered a head injury during a football game on Friday night was still in serious condition Sunday, but the Star Tribune reports he was well enough to joke with his mother about running up her medical bills.

Sara Nelson said that her 16-year-old son’s prognosis is unclear but that the doctors will know more after further tests on Monday.

Luke Nelson was hit in the head, possibly by the thigh of a larger Orono player he was trying to tackle. He was airlifted in critical condition toHennepinCountyMedicalCenterFriday night. Doctors removed half of his skull to reduce pressure on his brain. He was fitted Sunday with a helmet to protect him until the skull piece is replaced, his mother said.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon outside the medical center, Sara Nelson said the family is realizing that Luke might not play again with his high school team.