Charger’s per­sonal tragedy felt by all

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — John Kryk

FOXBORO, Mass. —

That Bren­dan Mebane even played for the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers against New Eng­land touched his team­mates.

His in­fant daugh­ter Mekenna had died of a rare chro­mo­some dis­or­der, Tri­somy 13, just 10 days ear­lier. Most such in­fants die within days or weeks of birth. Mekenna was born Nov. 12.

The 12th-year de­fen­sive tackle had missed four of L.A.’S fi­nal six games to be with his wife and other chil­dren in Ne­braska, as Mekenna strug­gled to sur­vive fol­low­ing del­i­cate surgery to re­pair a miss­ing heart valve.

The Pa­tri­ots held a mo­ment of si­lence for Mekenna be­fore the U.S. an­them.

Mebane had six tack­les in the game.

“I gave him a big hug after the game,” Charg­ers de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa said. “It was a tough mo­ment.

“For him to come back and still be part of this team means so much to all of us, and it means a lot to him too.”

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