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Nov. 20, 2013Platte City, MO |  By: Barnett/AP

High School Player Charged

A Missouri high school football player is charged with assault for allegedly ripping off another player's helmet and hitting him in the head with it during a game, causing a concussion.

Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd says 17-year-old Colin W. Byrd, of Platte County High School, was charged yesterday with misdemeanor assault for the Oct. 18 incident during a game against Winnetonka High School. Byrd's lawyer Anthony Bologna said it's a "very unfortunate incident" that his office has yet to fully investigate. In the probable cause statement, a game official said Byrd and the other player were headed out of bounds when they fell. The official said Byrd twisted the player's helmet off and struck him in the head with it. Zahnd says the victim still suffers from concussion symptoms.