Loyola Blakefield quarterback Mike Fafaul, who left the Dons’ game at Archbishop Spalding on Friday night with an injury to his right side, was released from the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Anne Arundel County on Sunday.

Fafaul went down when he was sacked by Cavalier linebacker K.K.Smith with three minutes to go in the first half with his team leading 14-7.  Initially he left the field under his own power, but was later transported to the hospital in an ambulance for further evaluation.

The senior field general was diagnosed with a deep bruise which is expected  to heal quickly and the doctors found no evidence of internal injuries.

“I’m glad to be home,” said Fafaul as he was resting at home on Sunday afternoon.  “I feel good, and I feel lucky because I was wearing a flak jacket that dulled the hit.”

Fafaul’s immediate football availability will be determined this week.  He must be cleared to return to action by Loyola trainer Jeremy Parr and his family physician before he returns to the gridiron.

The Dons host Valley Forge Military Academy on Saturday. They don’t open their MIAA A Conference schedule until October 9, when they travel to Owings Mills to face McDonogh.

Fafaul has also been invited to participate in at Quarterback Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium, next Sunday at half-time of the NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.  He said he hopes he can be ready for that opportunity.

Following Fafaul’s injury, Smith went on to lead Spalding to a 49-21 victory.  The dynamic senior back, who went over to check on Fafaul before he departed for the hospital, scored three second half touchdowns and finished the game with 270 total yards and four touchdowns.