Brandon Mebane Returns to L.A. Chargers Following Death of 7-Week-Old Daughter

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Brandon Mebane is likely to play for the Los Angeles Chargers this week following the death of his 7-week old daughter.

Makenna Mebane died on Jan. 3. She was born on Nov. 12 with a defective heart condition. The Chargers defensive end was in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, Amena, and other two children, 4-year-old Mahailey and 2-year-old Makai, for most of the past two months while Makenna received treatment for a stomach infection.

Mebane had missed five of the past seven games, including last week’s wild-card game at Baltimore, to be with his family. He said before Wednesday’s practice that the rest of the family is also back in Los Angeles. He had full participation in practice as the Chargers prepare for Sunday’s divisional-round game at New England.

Makenna Mebane, who was born one month premature, had Trisomy 13, which is otherwise known as Patau syndrome. It is a rare genetic condition — babies are born with an extra chromosome — that causes delays in development as well as affecting many organs.

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