Tag:EJ Manuel Shoulder Injury
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 10:43 am
 

EJ Manuel 'day-to-day' with AC joint sprain

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida State starting quarterback EJ Manuel sat out of Monday's practice, resting what head coach Jimbo Fisher is calling a "sore shoulder."

In a news conference that same day, Fisher revealed Manuel's issue to be an AC joint separation in the left, non-throwing shoulder. The head coach said the MRI found "no abnormalities," and the quarterback would be evaluated on a "day-to-day" basis.

Manuel scrambled on a six-yard run in the third quarter of Florida State's 23-13 loss to Oklahoma before being hit by Sooners' linebacker Travis Lewis. Manuel landed awkwardly on that left shoulder, and reportedly could not lift that non-throwing arm parallel to the ground when he left the came.

Fisher claims pain tolerance is the only thing keeping Manuel from the field, but if the injury is an AC joint separation the injury could be much more serious. A "Type I" or "Type II" separation does not require surgery, and recovery time can be between 2-6 weeks. If the injury is a Type III separation, Manuel might be faced with some tough decisions regarding his return to the field.

A Type III AC joint sprain was the injury that ended Sam Bradford's career at Oklahoma in 2009. Bradford was originally scheduled to miss three-to-six weeks following the injury in the first game of the season against BYU. Bradford returned briefly after a three week absence before re-injuring his shoulder against Texas in the Red River Rivalry. The re-injury resulted in Bradford needing surgery, ending his career as a Sooner.

If Manuel's separation only requires rest and rehabilitation, it will be important that he does not put himself in a position of re-injury by coming back prematurely. The junior quarterback has shown incredible growth since his first action as Christian Ponder's backup in 2009, and there are high expectations of where he can lead this team before his career as a Seminole is over.

For more information on AC joint sprains, check out Coley Harvey's crash-course over at the Orlando Sentinel.  

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:25 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 10:47 pm
 

EJ Manuel leaves game with shoulder injury

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Manuel has returned from the locker room.  Trickett completed 5 of 8 passes for 62 yards, and set up Dustin Hopkins for a 46-yard field goal to cut the Sooners' lead to 7.  The official diagnosis is bruised left shoulder.  He is back in pads and on the sideline. 

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junior quarterback EJ Manuel has left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. Manuel began favoring his left shoulder after being hit at the end of a six-yard rush near midfield. The Seminoles' leader looked to the sideline after completing a pass on the next play, pointing to his left side. He was replaced to freshman quarterback Clint Trickett, son of offensive line coach Rick Trickett, with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The hit Manuel sustained came at the hands of Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis.  Lewis was expected to miss as many as eight games this season recovering from a foot injury he sustained in the offseason.  Lewis was a last minute clearance for the Sooners, and has made his presence felt all over the field.  It was reported that trainers asked Manuel to raise his left arm, and he was unable to bring it parallel with the ground.  He was then escorted to the locker room to get out of his pads and undergo further examination.

Keep it here at CBSSports.com and the Eye on College Football Blog for more details as this story develops.

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