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Midwestern State player, 19, dies after injury during game

In this Aug. 31, 2017, photo provided by Midwestern State University, cornerback Robert Grays gestures during a game against Quincy University in Wichita Falls, Texas. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, university officials released a statement mourning the death of Grays who died Tuesday, Sept. 20, after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle during a home game last weekend. (Zeno Ferguson/Midwestern State University via AP)

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) A 19-year-old Midwestern State football player has died after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle during a home game last weekend.

School President Suzanne Shipley on Wednesday released a statement mourning the death of cornerback Robert Grays of Houston. Shipley says Grays died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown. He was critically injured during a game Saturday in Wichita Falls.

Athletics department spokesman Blake Barington says Grays suffered a neck injury while making a tackle in the fourth quarter of a 35-13 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Grays was taken by ambulance to a Wichita Falls hospital, then transported to Houston.

Counselors were available at MSU, a Division II in the Lone Star Conference.

Updated September 20, 2017

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