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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- An area high school football player is recovering from a neck injury he sustained during last week’s game. 

Tre Simpson, a senior at East Forsyth High School, was injured Friday night when he went for a tackle in the third quarter of the game against Northwest Guilford. 

“It was supposed to be a big night, but not for that reason,” Simpson’s coach, Todd Willert, told FOX8’s Lindsey Eaton. 

Instead of tackling his opponent, Simpson collided with a teammate. 

“I was about to go tackle him and he passed me a little bit, and all I remember is hitting somebody and passing out,” Simpson said. 

Simpson’s mother said she didn’t actually see the play. 

“When I looked along the line to see his number and I didn't see it, then I was like, ‘Oh my God it’s got to be Tre, but he's not moving’ -- and that just made my heart drop,” Simpson’s mother said. 

Trainers rushed from the sidelines to Simpson’s aid. 

“I couldn't feel (anything) at first,” Simpson said.  “They said they tried to give me a squeeze and touch me everywhere and I couldn't feel anything.  My body was pretty much numb.”

Tuesday marks Simpson’s first day back at school since he was hurt.  While his injury is not expected to leave behind permanent damage, he will be sidelined and in a neck brace for the next game.  If results from an MRI this week are positive, he could possibly be allowed on the field for a playoff game.