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Tag:Injuries
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:28 am
 

Christine Michael's season likely over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.  It's science! It's science that directly applies to just about every play on a football field during a game.  If a defensive end runs full speed into a quarterback from the blind side, that quarterback goes down and probably bleeds internally.  If a team finally finds a quarterback that doesn't kill its chances of winning a game, it loses its leading rusher to a broken leg.

Well, at least that's how things seem to be working at Texas A&M.   Ryan Tannehill replaced Jerrod Johnson this weekend and set a school record with 449 yards against Texas Tech, but now the Aggies get the news that they're likely to be without Christine Michael for the rest of the season.  Michael broke his right tibia during the third quarter of A&M's win over Texas Tech.

Head coach Mike Sherman says that the injury will keep Michael "out for a while," and considering that the Aggies only have four games left this season, that while could mean the season.  Though it is possible that Michael would be back for a bowl game, IF the Aggies can get to a bowl game.  They only need one more victory, but considering the final four games include Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas , there are no guarantees there.

Wait a second.  That game against Texas is in Austin, so that should be a guaranteed win for the Aggies.  The Longhorns never win at home.
Posted on: October 31, 2010 6:22 pm
 

Irish lose starting QB and RB for season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Saturday Notre Dame not only lost at home to Tulsa , all but destroying any chance the team had to go to a bowl game this season, but it lost its starting quarterback as well.  Dayne Crist had to leave the game in the first half after rupturing the patellar tendon in his left knee -- nearly a year to the day he tore the ACL in his right knee -- ending his season.

Now we learn that Crist isn't the only starter the Irish are going to be missing the rest of this season.  Running back Armando Allen did not play in the Tulsa loss, battling a hip injury, and on Sunday Brian Kelly said that Allen is going to undergo surgery on his hip.  A surgery that will not only end his season, but his college career as well.

"Armando, we're setting up a potential surgery for him," Kelly told the Chicago Tribune . "We dressed him so he could run out of the tunnel one last time, because we were pretty certain he's not going to be able to play again.... He has a right and left torn cartilage in the hip, I think specifically the labrum. Very, very unusual. We treated the first one. If you watched him in the Navy game, he played hard, he played with great passion, but he did not have that second gear he had early in the year. We have not concluded it with 100 percent certainty until the surgery is done, but we believe some of this was a preexisting condition."

Allen had 514 yards and two touchdowns this season, and was on pace for the best season of his career in South Bend.  As it is, that career will come to an end with 2,144 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.

Obviously, at 4-5 with games against USC and Utah remaining on the schedule, getting to six wins this season was going to be very hard for the Irish to do. Now that they'll be without their starting quarterback and running back, it'll be just about impossible.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 3:15 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Dayne Crist is done for season with knee injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's certainly been a very hard week in South Bend with the death of Declan Sullivan, and while that situation tends to put the importance of college football in perspective, the Irish are trying to move forward on the football field.  Which is going to be a bit harder to do following an injury to quarterback Dayne Crist.

Crist scrambled for 28 yards on a third-and-eight to pick up a first down, but after being knocked out of bounds, he went to the ground clutching his left knee.  He did not return to the game, being replaced by freshman Tommy Rees, and was last seen with his left leg in an air cast and being helped to the locker room.

Notre Dame is not sure of the extent of Crist's injury, but they will be performing x-rays on the leg in the locker room.  It's safe to say that he will not be returning to today's game.

UPDATE: The diagnosis is in for Crist's injury, and it is not good.  He has a ruptured left patella tendon and his season is over.

Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:25 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:10 pm
 

Robert Bolden likely out against Michigan

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yesterday JoePa said that if he had to guess , Robert Bolden wouldn't be playing this weekend against Michigan.   Today his mom said the same thing.

It doesn't look like the Penn State quarterback will be playing this week, a week after suffering a concussion during a win against Minnesota.   Bolden is supposed to undergo tests on Wednesday to see if he has recovered from the concussion, but his mother says that he failed the same test on Sunday, and her son won't be on the field this week.

"He really wants to play against Michigan -- his heart is just going to be really broken," Tonya McNeal told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "He failed that concussion test, which is not good.

"I think it's best for him if they sit him down this week. Hopefully, he can play next week [against Northwestern]."

Which is the right decision to make for Bolden, so hopefully no matter what the results say of Bolden's test on Wednesday, Joe Paterno will heed the advice of his mother.  She always knows best, after all.

Since Bolden won't be playing this week, that means either Matt McGloin -- who replaced Bolden against Minnesota -- or Kevin Newsome will get the start against the Wolverines.  Both have been taking snaps with the first team this week.

Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Paterno not sure who his starting QB will be

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the Michigan Wolverines may know who they will have lining up under center against Penn State this weekend, the same cannot be said for the Nittany Lions.  Robert Bolden suffered a concussion during Penn State's victory over Minnesota last week and had to be replaced by former walk-on Matt McGloin.

As of now Bolden's status for Penn State's game against Michigan is up in the air, as Joe Paterno is still waiting to see what the doctors have to say about Bolden.  Still, if you're going to force him to give you an answer, he's guessing Bolden won't be ready.

"[The medical staff] tested him Sunday and he still had memory problems," Paterno told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "They are going to test him again [Wednesday}.

"But, if you ask me, if I had to guess, he won't be able to make it. I don't want to take any chances. I just don't know."

It's nice to see that Paterno doesn't want to take any chances with a freshman quarterback coming off of a concussion.  Personally I don't care what the doctors tell me, if I'm Bolden's coach, he's getting a week off.  The question is who will replace him?  McGloin took over for Bolden on Saturday and threw a couple of touchdowns, but he only completed 6-of-13 passes and also threw an interception.

Which is probably why he's sharing snaps with Kevin Newsome in practice this week.

Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:19 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Denard Robinson will play against Penn State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Just three weeks ago Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was the greatest thing to ever capture college football.  We were all ready to hand the sophomore the Heisman Trophy after only five games, and it is hard to blame us for feeling that way.  Things Robinson was doing on the football field were just insane.

Things have changed a bit since then, however.  Michigan has lost its last two games and Robinson has had to deal with being banged up, allowing Cam Newton to grab that Heisman Trophy from Robinson's grasp.  Still, after having the weekend off thanks to a bye, Rich Rodriguez has proclaimed his one-man army to be totally healthy and ready to blow our minds again.

“Every guy approaches (injury) a little bit differently,” Rodriguez told the Detroit Free Press. “He’s a very tough-minded individual, a tough guy. If our guys are injured, they need to let us know and, most of the time, the trainers let us know. Some guys can tolerate a little more pain than others. Denard can tolerate a lot of pain. His issue with the last ballgame wasn’t the knee, it was the shoulder. It just needed some rest. He needed some rest and ... we got that last weekend.”

This is good news for Michigan, as they remain only a win shy of becoming bowl eligible for the first time under Rodriguez, and Penn State is a beatable opponent these days, even in Happy Valley.  Illinois was able to hand the Nittany Lions a loss at Beaver Stadium earlier this year, and did so courtesy of a ground attack led by Mikel LeShoure and Nate Scheelhaase.   If Scheelhaase can get 61 yards on the ground in only 8 carries, then you have to think Robinson can have the type of game that could place him back in the Heisman hunt.

Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:24 am
 

Notre Dame loses Ian Williams to torn MCL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the last few years, Notre Dame has grown somewhat accustomed to being on the wrong end of a beating.  Still, the school's loss to Navy over the weekend took things to a brand new level.  Suddenly a Navy team that the Irish once held a 43-game win streak over beat them for the third time in four years, and this time did it via a 35-17 evisceration.

Navy fullback Alexander Teich ran the ball down Notre Dame's throat repeatedly, finishing the afternoon with 210 yards on 26 carries.  When the Irish defense sit down to watch the tape this week, they might fall under the impression they're watching a snuff film rather than a football game.  So, if it wasn't obvious to Notre Dame before Saturday that its run defense needs a lot of work, it definitely is now.

Though it's going to be very hard to improve now that the team has learned starting nose tackle Ian Williams is going to miss the next four to six weeks with a torn MCL.  Which could mean that the senior's season, and career, at Notre Dame are over because at 4-4 on the season, there is no guarantee that the Irish will be going to a bowl game this winter.

Williams suffered the injury during the third quarter of the game, and according to CBS' sideline reporter Sam Ryan, he was seen sobbing on the sideline before an air cast was put on his leg. 

Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Injuries killing Colorado

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Dan Hawkins' grip on the head coaching job at Colorado is tenuous at best considering the lack of success he's had running the program, and he sure isn't getting any help on the injury front these days.  Earlier this season the Buffaloes lost their leading tackler, Anthony Perkins, to a torn ACL in a loss against Missouri.   It's the type of injury that certainly doesn't help you win games, but it is one that could be overcome.

The injuries that the Buffs suffered this weekend, however, may not be.  During it loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Colorado lost quarterback Tyler Hansen for the rest of the season when he had to be hospitalized following the game thanks to a ruptured spleen.   Hansen will be replaced by former starter Cody Hawkins, who happens to be Dan Hawkins' son.

So, in other words, the fate of Dan Hawkins is on the shoulder of his son.  No pressure, kid!  You throw that interception and daddy will be fired, and there will be nothing under the Christmas tree for you this year.

Making matters worse, it looks like the Buffaloes may have lost their new leading tackler for the rest of the season as well.  Linebacker Jon Major suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the fourth quarter on Saturday.  While it's possible he may return before the season is over, it's just as likely that he won't.

"I`m not really sure on the big decisions on it right now," Major said. "Probably do that next week. So just icing it right now."

Hey, it could be worse.  You could have ruptured your spleen.  Or you could be Dan Hawkins.
 
 
 
 
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