Tag:Injuries
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Hogs lose Broderick Green for season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The injury bug snuck up and took a bite out of Arkansas on Friday, though if there's any silver lining, the Razorbacks did not lose a starter. Senior running back Broderick Green tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire 2011 season.

“Broderick had been doing a great job this spring and had been working extremely hard,” Arkansas' Bobby Petrino said in a statement released on Friday. “Although this is unfortunate for him, I know Broderick will focus during the recovery process. Our trainers and medical staff are among the best in the country and will assist him in overcoming the injury.”

Green suffered the injury in practice on Wednesday as the team prepared for it's spring game this weekend.

Green came to Arkansas after transferring from USC in 2009, and started five games for the Razorbacks. Serving as a backup to Knile Davis in 2010, Green ran for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns on 104 carries. Still, while the presence of Knile Davis means that this injury won't be a devastating blow to the Arkansas offense, and it likely won't prove problematic for the team's depth at running back.

Ronnie Wingo Jr, who rushed for 253 yards and a touchdown last season will likely move up the depth chart to become Davis' backup, with Dennis Johnson picking up some carries as well. Johnson only had 9 carries in 2010, but the rising senior rushed for 562 yards during his first two seasons in Fayetteville.

Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Indiana OL retires due to back issues

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Indiana hasn't played a game with Kevin Wilson serving as head coach, the team has lost quite a bit since Wilson left Oklahoma for the head coach gig in Bloomington. Numerous assistants have moved on to other jobs, and now Wilson is having one of his starting offensive lineman retire on him. Aaron Price started ten games for the Hoosiers at left guard during his freshman season in 2010, and was expected to fill the same role in 2011.

Unfortunately for Price and Indiana, a degenerative back condition has forced Price to give up playing football. Wilson made the announcement on Tuesday.

“He’s got some degeneration medically in the back where it just couldn’t hold up,” Wilson told the Herald Times. “It was a concern through winter, but he did a great job in the winter. He actually came out in the first week in spring, but it started going south on him. Just long-term health, it’s not in his best interest… He was doing well, but he does have a major issue with a major part of his body. He tried. Local kid. No issues from us. It just health-wise couldn’t hold up. It’s unfortunate for him.”

While it's incredibly unfortunate for Price to have his football career end so early, there is some good news for the 6'4 288-pound lineman from Bloomington. Though he won't be playing football, he will be keeping his scholarship at Indiana. 

Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Ole Miss' Shackelford tears ACL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Bad news for Ole Miss' defense, as the news the school feared the most about linebacker D.T. Shackelford was what the Rebels got on Tuesday. After undergoing an MRI on his injured knee on Monday, the school announced on Tuesday that Shackelford has torn the ACL in his right knee, and he's going to be out from six to eight months.

Which means his 2011 season is in serious jeopardy.

Shackelford injured the knee during drills on Monday, and head coach Houston Nutt was worried that the injury could be serious when it happened. Now we know how serious it is, and Nutt will have to find a new middle linebacker this season. Shackelford had been expected to take over the starting job this season following the graduation of Jonathan Cornell, who led the Rebels in tackles last season.

After starting six games in 2010, Shackelford managed to finish seventh on the team with 48 tackles. Shackelford also managed to lead the team with 5 sacks. It's expected that either Clarence Jackson or Ralph Williams will battle for the starting middle linebacker job in Shackelford's absence.

Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Penn State loses Massaro for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While coaches across the country generally hope that spring practice will help give them a better idea of how their team will shape up in the coming season, most coaches will tell you that instead of solving position battles, the thing they want the most from the spring is for every player to come out the other end healthy. Or, at the very least, with only minor injuries that will heal long before games start. Which means that there are some not-so-happy coaches in Happy Valley these days.

Penn State has already lost wide receiver Curtis Drake for the entire spring thanks to a broken tibia -- the second year in a row Drake has suffered such an injury -- though it's possible that he'll be back in time for the season. The same likely cannot be said for defensive end Pete Massaro. Massaro suffered a knee injury on Friday, and the school announced on Monday that he's torn the ACL in his left knee and his season is over.

It's a big blow to the Nittany Lions, as the team has already lost Jack Crawford and Eric Latimore for the spring, leaving the defensive line rather thin at the moment. What makes matters even worse is that Massaro was one of the most productive defensive ends Penn State had in 2010. Massaro started the last 11 games of the year, making 37 tackles along the way, including 8 tackles for a loss. He also had 3.5 sacks.

This is the second time the redshirt junior has suffered an ACL tear, tearing the ligament in his right knee during the Blue-White spring game in 2009. That injury cost him the season as well.
Posted on: March 27, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Lane Kiffin doesn't buy Marc Tyler's story

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a helpful hint for any college football player, or athlete in general who is reading this blog: if you get injured in practice, don't blame the team or the coaching staff. It seldom works out to your benefit.

For instance, last week USC running back Marc Tyler pulled his hamstring in practice. It's an injury that is going to keep him sidelined through spring practice. Well, when talking to the media about the injury, Tyler wanted to make sure that everybody understood it wasn't his fault he got hurt. According to Tyler, the reason he pulled up lame running a route in practice was because the team failed to hold proper stretching excercises before practice.

“I didn’t know we weren’t going to stretch like we usually do,” Tyler said. “I guess they want us to come here earlier and stretch before. I didn’t know they changed it.  My legs didn’t feel good all practice.”

Imagine that, an athlete who has been participating in sports for years having to make sure he stretches himself before practice. How crazy!

Anyway, Tyler's head coach Lane Kiffin caught wind of the excuse and quickly put an end to it.

“We’ve discussed that with Marc,” Kiffin said. “Since he pulled his hamstring two hours into practice, it wasn’t the stretching before that.”

Kiffin also pointed out that USC has four stretching tables available to its players at all times, and that he doesn't think "any college in America does that." 

I guess Tyler wants eight.
Posted on: March 23, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Broken feet sideline Longhorn, Badger stars

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As far as injury woes go, no one at Texas or Wisconsin is going to do too much complaining in the light of the injury plague affecting already-shorthanded USC.

But there's probably going to be at least a little griping after potential all-conference performers at both schools had surgery this past week to repair a broken foot, sidelining them for the duration of spring practice.

At Texas, the player in question is outside linebacker Jordan Hicks, who Longhorn officials confirmed via Twitter has broken his right foot. A consensus five-star megarecruit and prep All-American in the class of 2010, Hicks got his feet wet with 21 tackles as a true freshman and is expected to become a major contributor to the Longhorn linebacking corps this fall under aggressive new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. But those expectations may have to be dialed back with Hicks forced to miss the rest of spring, and no doubt falling behind his teammates in adjusting to Diaz's schemes.

At Wisconsin, wide receiver Nick Toon -- son of New York Jets great Al Toon, though you probably knew that already -- is taking on a very different role this spring after breaking a bone in his left foot:
The Badgers football team started spring practices on Tuesday, with Toon on crutches and his left foot in a boot after surgery last week to repair a fracture to the fifth metatarsal.

So instead of running routes and working on his timing with new quarterback Jon Budmayr , Toon is relegated to helping the team's young receivers grow up as fast as possible.

"I'll be out here coaching up these young guys," Toon said after practice, which was closed to the media. "It's a great opportunity for me to spread my knowledge among the young cats around here, get those guys on track so they can help me out in the fall."

Unlike Hicks, the senior Toon has enough experience that the missed practice won't hurt him too badly. But who it might hurt is Budmayr, who could certainly benefit from working on his timing with his future No. 1 receiver and gaining the confidence that comes with throwing to a steady, veteran hand like Toon.

The good news for both Texas and Wisconsin -- other than that neither is USC -- is that both Hicks and Toon should be 100 percent by the time fall camp rolls around. But for one team looking to atone for a 5-7 disaster and one trying to preserve their precarious perch atop the Big Ten, even relatively minor setbacks like these can prove crucial come the crucible of the season.


Posted on: February 26, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Marvin McNutt out for spring after surgeries

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As the Iowa Hawkeyes head into spring practice, the passing game is going to look a little different. Okay, a lot different. Between the starting quarterback (Ricky Stanzi), starting tight end (Allen Reisner), and top three wide receivers (Marvin McNutt, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Colin Sandeman), all were seniors except for McNutt, a junior.

As it turns out, even McNutt won't be around for spring practice either; as the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse reported today, McNutt is out for the spring with multiple maladies:

McNutt had surgery on a thumb and shoulder recently. He probably wouldn’t have done much this spring anyway, being a decorated senior receiver who’s put up numbers the last two years, but this clinches it. He is expected to be ready for fall camp.

Junior-to-be Keenan Davis is a likely beneficiary here, as Davis is now the most experienced wideout in spring practice. In fact, with McNutt sidelined, Davis' 11 catches for 131 yards and a score not only lead the returning wideouts in 2010 production, they do so by default; none of the other wide receivers in spring practice caught a pass in 2010. That Davis spent most of last season taking practice snaps with presumed 2011 starting QB James Vandenberg is a nice bonus. 

Thus, there's going to be a wide-open competition for the spot opposite Davis in the first team for spring practice. Johnson-Koulianos publicly praised freshman Kevonte Martin-Manley (redshirted in 2010) as having "my senior skills as a freshman", but considering the way DJK's Iowa career ended, it's probably safe to assume that Kirk Ferentz isn't exactly clamoring to hear endorsements from him. Still, so long as DJK's recommendation wasn't made from whole cloth, the McNutt/Davis/Martin-Manley trio could be formidable in 2011.

Also, as noted before, McNutt should be good to go for the start of the 2011 season, and that's notable from a record book perspective; McNutt has 16 career touchdown receptions, and the Iowa record is 21 (held by Tim Dwight and Danan Hughes). Six more is not only doable, but downright expected. That shoulder needs to hold up first, though.

Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Vols Ben Martin undergoes Achilles surgery

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well here's some goodish news for Tennessee and a member of its defense. Defensive end Ben Martin had surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon on Wednesday, and the surgery was a success. Which means that Martin has a long, painful rehabilitation in front of him, but he should be able to play in 2011.

In fact, the doctors believe that Martin will be available for the start of the season.

Martin missed the entire 2010 season after injuring his achilles in August on the second day of fall practice. Martin had played in 33 games his first three seasons in Knoxville, including 11 starts, and made 63 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles. Having Martin back healthy in 2011 would be a boost to a Vols defense that has lost both of its starting safeties in the last few weeks.

Brent Brewer was suspended after being arrested in a domestic dispute, and Janzen Jackson left the school on his own to deal with some personal problems. It's possible that both could be back for the start of next season, but there are no guarantees.
 
 
 
 
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