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13-Year-Old Boy Might Be Paralyzed After Injury During Pop Warner Game

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Football can be a dangerous sport, but we usually figure that the serious bumps and bruises are limited to those who play for the pros.

Yesterday, though, a 13-year-old boy proved that the game has risks at every level -- CBS News reports that during a Pop Warner match-up, Donnovan Hill of Mission Viejo fractured his spine after taking a hit to the head. Doctors worry that he may face paralysis.

Hill is a star running back for a team called the Lakewood Lancers. His mother, Crystal Dixon, says that Hill is putting on a brave face as he waits to undergo surgery at Mission Hospital, and that he and the local community is praying that doctors can repair his injury.

Hill was reportedly being recruited by private schools.

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