Johnny Deaton's senior season has come to an abrupt halt.
Northeastern State's senior signal caller left Saturday night's season opener at Pittsburg State with what was called "an ankle injury or a severe bruise."
Turns out, it was much worse than that.
NSU head coach Kenny Evans confirmed on Tuesday that Deaton suffered a fractured fibula and will be out at least a month — if not more.
"He's out a minimum of five weeks and possibly for the whole season," Evans told the Tahlequah Daily Press. "If he's out for the season, we'll file for a hardship and try get him back for next year."
Thor Long, who replaced Deaton in Week 1, will now take over at the RiverHawks' starting quarterback. Against Pittsburg State, Long was six of 16 for 103 yards. He also scored NSU's lone touchdown, a 1-yard plunge into the end zone in the fourth quarter.
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EVENING UPDATE: Documents detail death of boy
Tahlequah detectives believe a 3-year-old boy suffered a “heinous” death Tuesday morning at the Stepping Stones Rooming House on East Chickasaw Street.
TPS superintendent addresses THS rumors
Staff writer Josh Newton spoke with Tahlequah Public Schools Superintendent Lisa Presley about the rumors going around Tahlequah High School.
Police say someone started rumor of gun at high school
Tahlequah Police Department is investigating allegations of threats and taking steps to make Tahlequah High School’s campus more secure today.
Mayor clarifies anti-electronic cigarette ordinance
Josh Newton just talked to Mayor Jason Nichols, who had this to say about the proposed regulation of electronic cigarettes, to be considered at the 7 p.m. Tahlequah City Council meeting:
E-cigarette ban ordinance to be considered
This issue will be considered at tonight's Tahlequah City Council meeting at 7 p.m.
Two killed in crash west of Stilwell
Two people were killed Tuesday afternoon on State Highway 51 nearly three miles west of Stilwell in Adair County.
Good morning! Here's what we'll have for you in Tuesday's Press:
Kitten adopted from Tahlequah Facebook page found rabid
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is looking for anyone who might have adopted, or had direct contact with, kittens that were advertised for adoption on the Tahlequah Online Garage Sale Facebook group, known as TOGS, on Oct. 1.
Adopting families picked up the kittens in the Walmart parking lot, according to the OSDH. The four kittens are described as approximately nine weeks old with black and white markings.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, one of the adopted kittens developed symptoms consistent with rabies and was subsequently euthanized, the OSDH said Friday. Rabies testing at the OSDH Public Health Laboratory confirmed the presence of rabies.
The fight for Veronica is over.
“Veronica is only 4 years old and has lived almost her entire life in front of the cameras,” Dusten Brown said, breaking down in tears as he read a prepared statement. “I love her too much to have her in the spotlight like this.”
With his wife and attorney by his side, Brown and Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general Chrissi Nimmo announced Thursday morning that they will not pursue any appeals or further litigation in the protracted custody battle for Brown’s 4-year-old daughter. Last month, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, a non-Native South Carolina couple who had been attempting to adopt the girl since birth, assumed physical custody of Veronica after the Oklahoma Supreme Court dissolved an emergency stay that allowed her to stay with her biological family while the appeals process played out.
“One day, you’ll read about all of this,” Brown said, addressing his daughter. “I hope you never, ever forget that I love you. My home is always your home.”
Read the complete story in Friday's Tahlequah Daily Press
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