ATHLETE RECOVERING: Dailey improving, returns home

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City High School football player who suffered a severe injury in the first game of the season has finally returned home, reports say.Sam Dailey, senior captain running back for Columbia City, received a brain injury in the Eagles’ season opener at Warsaw Aug. 23, and was in serious condition after a blood clot formed on his brain. He underwent several surgeries to reduce the swelling.After being hospitalized for about 10 days, Dailey was moved to a rehabilitation center.At the rehab center, Dailey spent more than two weeks focusing on a variety of things such as speech, physical and occupational therapy. Family members say Dailey worked hard at the center, working to walk, maneuver up and down steps, lift hand weights, and play catch with his dad, Daniel Dailey.Since he has been moved home, Dailey will still be under 24-hour in-home care, and will be taken to Fort Wayne each day for three hours of therapy until further notice.To read the rest of this story, see the Sept. 30 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.