I wrote a story for today’s paper about linebacker Bruce Taylor and his recovery from a Lisfranc injury. Read it here.
To summarize, Taylor’s foot is fine structurally but he still feels pain when he runs or puts pressure on it. Doctors told him that’s expected with this type of injury. This quote pretty well sums up his situation:
“It doesn’t feel normal. I can definitely tell it has been operated on and the doctor told me that it’s going to be a while before it felt normal, just pain-wise. He said ability-wise, that I’m fine, that I can do anything. But just being comfortable with it is something that I need to get used to.”
Still, he said he won’t have any restrictions once August rolls around and practice begins.
In doing the story, I caught up with trainer Mike Goforth for some other injury updates. He made sure to note this: “All these guys are veterans, so we’ve got to be really good about using them and not using them in camp when we don’t have to. I’m not thinking right now about Aug. 6. I’m thinking Aug. 15, 16 on some of these guys just to take some of the pressure off of them. So instead of 20 days to get ready, now we’re talking a month and a half.”
Here are a few updates on the status of Virginia Tech’s injured players:
** As he mentioned on Frank Beamer‘s website last month, running back Tony Gregory (ACL), offensive lineman Michael Via (ACL), defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins (ACL) and linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (Lisfranc) have all been cleared to participate fully.
** Receiver D.J. Coles, who had surgery on his PCL in the winter, is coming along after making slow progress earlier this summer.
“Just sometimes they have to turn the corner a little bit,” Goforth said. “I don’t know if there’s a scientific answer, but Mother Nature has to take its course. All of a sudden they start to feel a little better, they rest a bit and then it gets back to being a little more functional and they’re doing different things and the next thing you know, they’re ready.”
** Linebacker Tariq Edwards, who had a rod inserted in his leg to ease the pain from a stress fracture, is getting closer to a return.
“Most of his pain is up where the incision was where they put the rod,” Goforth said. “Nothing where the stress fracture was. … Now we’ve just got to get him running a little bit more natural. He looks good right now. He’s big and I believe he’s going to have a good season.”
** Safety Scott Rolin will probably not be ready for August practice after tearing an ACL in the spring.
** Highly-touted freshman defensive end Ken Ekanem, who had surgery to repair tears in the meniscus and ACL of his right knee last December, has been fully cleared. “He’s doing well,” Goforth said. “He was out there running today.”
** Goforth said nobody else had any injuries that he could think of.