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HS player dies day after breaking leg

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Fri Oct 14, 10:05 PM UTC

A medical examiner in Oklahoma on Friday was trying to determine how a local high school football player died a day after breaking his leg during practice.

Ryan Smith, 16, died Wednesday, one day after being treated for a broken leg suffered during practice at Edmond North High School just north of Oklahoma City.

"This was shocking news. He was hit from behind, while wearing pads, by another player. Our trainers stabilized his leg, but it was a bad break," Edmond Schools spokesperson Susan Parks told KFOR-TV.

According to KOCO-TV, Smith was treated and released for his leg injury Tuesday night, but after his grandparents were unable to wake him up the following evening, he was rushed him back to the emergency room. He reportedly died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

It remained unclear whether Smith's death was linked to his fractured leg.

Smith, a sophomore on the Edmond North junior varsity football team, had transferred this year from nearby Santa Fe High School where he played football and wrestled as a freshman.

Edmond North school officials told KFOR-TV Smith was medically cleared to participate in sports prior to the start of the football season.

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