Stokley's son feeling better

The six-week old son of former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley is feeling better after being stricken two weeks ago with bacterial meningitis.

Cameron Stokley was diagnosed at an Indianapolis hospital with an infection of the fluid of the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. He has been removed from intensive care and is awake and alert.

The child still requires small amounts of oxygen while sleeping, so he remains in the hospital. A recent CAT scan revealed progress in his recovery and he could be released from the hospital soon.

"They've got him hooked up to a monitor," Brandon Stokley told Indianapolis reporters this week. "Every little beep, your heart just drops." Brandon Stokley, who caught a touchdown from Trent Dilfer in the Ravens' victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, missed several days of practice prior to Indianapolis' AFC title game loss to the New England Patriots to spend time with his wife, Lana, and their son. Stokley caught three passes for 22 yards in the Colts' 24-14 defeat to New England. Stokley has been plagued by injuries since being drafted in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by Baltimore.

He signed with the Colts last year and caught 22 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns. His focus isn't on football or his injuries, though, right now. He has been worrying about his son's health.

"I'd be in his hospital room and watching SportsCenter," Stokley said. "The football stuff comes on and makes me sick. It's hard to watch any of those highlights."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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