Doctors say Giants fan may have brain damage


Doctors say Giants fan may have brain damage

April 5, 2011

LOS ANGELES (APCSN) Doctors say a Giants fan who was beaten and badly injured at Dodger Stadium is showing signs of brain damage and remains in critical condition.

A Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center neurosurgeon said Tuesday that Bryan Stow of Santa Cruz suffered a severe skull fracture and bad bruising to his frontal lobe.

Dr. Gabriel Zada said Stow remains in a coma and that he's showing signs of "brain injury and dysfunction."

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Meanwhile, Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Carrillo said investigators are checking an unconfirmed report that three men in Giants gear were struck by the same attackers before Stow was knocked to the ground and hit his head on the pavement.

Stow's relatives said they do not blame Dodger fans for the attack.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to offer a 50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. That brings the total reward figure to 100,000.

The Giants have offered a 10,000 reward, as did L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. American Medical Response, Stow's employer, offered 5,000. The Dodgers matched those with a pledge of 25,000 on Monday.

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"Baseball is a family sport that has unified our country after times of crisis and tragedy," said a statement signed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, San Francisco Police Interim Chief Jeff Godown, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Giants managing partner Bill Neukom. "This senseless act of violence has no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime."

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jaquiski Tartt took part in full practice for the 49ers on Thursday, while wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey were limited.

Running back Carlos Hyde is the only 49ers player who did not participate in practice. He will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it appears everyone else on the 49ers has a strong chance to be available.

Cornerback Rashard Robinson was cleared for limited non-contact football activity as he advances through the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. Jimmie Ward, who missed the past three games due to a quadriceps strain, saw his second day of full work.

Tartt missed last week’s game with a quadriceps injury. After limited work on Wednesday, he was cleared for a full return on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Joshua Garnett (foot), Robinson, Dorsey (knee) and Smith (back) saw limited practice.

The Buccaneers do not expect to have running back Doug Martin available for Sunday’s game. Martin (hamstring) sustained a setback, according to coach Dirk Koetter.

49ers participation report
Did not participate
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)

DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
G Joshua Garnett (foot)
CB Rashard Robinson (concussion)
WR Torrey Smith (back)

Full participation
DT Arik Armstead (shoulder)
G Zane Beadles (ankle)
DT DeForest Buckner (foot)
DT Quinton Dial (knee)
QB Blaine Gabbert (back)
WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle)
TE Vance McDonald (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (quadricep)
CB Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not participate
DE Robert Ayers (ankle)
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)

CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee)
DT Gerald McCoy (calf)
DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)

Full participation
C Joe Hawley (knee)
WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring)
TE Luke Stocker (ankle)

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Latavius Murray will spend this practice week testing himself to see if he can play after a debilitating bout of turf toe sidelined him the last two games.

He returned to action on a limited basis for Wednesday’s practice, and needed to respond and rebound well to continue his quest back to the playing field.

Early returns have been positive.

"I think he got a handful of plays out there (on Wednesday)," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said before Thursday’s practice. "I think he’s looking to get better each and every day and hopefully it’s good enough by the time the next game arrives."

Murray practiced a second straight day on Thursday, strengthening his case to play against the Jaguars. That’s extremely likely, barring a setback.

That would certainly strengthen a Raiders running game that has slumped the past few weeks.

“Latavius has his own skill set,” Musgrave said. “Had some explosive runs for us last year. We’ll look forward to getting him back at some point. Hopefully it’s this week.”

Right tackle Menelik Watson practiced for a second straight day and seems in line to re-claim his starting spot against Jacksonville.

Special teams player Brynden Trawick and offensive lineman Vadal Alexander remain out.

It’s possible that Perry Riley will start at middle linebacker over rookie Cory James on Sunday.

Check back for complete participation reports for the Raiders and Jaguars.