Eddie Lacy's Injury May Keep Him From Playing This Fall

Eddie Lacy's Injury May Keep Him From Playing This Fall

Submitted by hart20 on May 2nd, 2012 at 6:15 PM

As some of you may recall, Eddie Lacy was held out of Alabama's Spring practice with a turf toe injury. Most expected him to return in the fall, but his injury appears to be a lot more serious than people realized. Some are saying that there is a chance that he will not be able play this year and that if does play, he'l be limited.

All this information comes from an Alabama forum that I was reading while writing an Alabama preview. They seem to be taking the threat of Lacy not playing pretty seriously.  The following are the posts that shed the most light on his injury and the situation around it. The posts are just meant to verify the information I said above. It's long but the posts are worth the read and all the posts I quoted come from the moderator types over there. The link to the forum will be posted at the bottom:

 

The full quote by Coach Saban when talking about the RB's over a question on T.J

"I think that's important for us because we needed someone like that. He has a really good opportunity. Eddie will hopefully be able to come back, Jalston (Fowler) can do certain things, Dee Hart can do certain things. T.J. is one of those guys who can do everything.

Coach Saban is pretty factual and not one to say something like this unless there was more of a problem with Lacey than us information plebes know.
T.J choosing us late in the recruiting process adds to my now speculation that the turf toe may a big career hamper from here out.

 

On the injury itself:

 

Turf toe is a complicated condition. The only hope of getting over it (especially since he's been suffering from it for so long now) is lengthy rest and rehabilitation of the joint. On occasion, surgery can fix it, but steel doesn't heal in this situation with great consistency. Once I heard he had surgery, my heart sank because the odds are now very much against him ever returning to previous levels of performance. We all want the very best for EL, and I am hoping against hope that he returns and contributes in a positive way, but to be perfectly frank, we need to be looking at our other RBs and game-planning around them.

 

By the time the condition reaches the need for surgery, it's already a grade three injury and, even with successful surgery, return to preinjury performance level may take 6-12 months.

 

Eddie was dressed on the sidelines yesterday. A few of our moderators have made it clear that EL's injury is such that he could recover, but he may in fact not.
 
Yeah, he injured it earlier in the season, but was really unable to give it adequate rest, therefore it kept bothering him. His first large chunk of time off was between the Iron Bowl and the BCSNCG, so I suspect that's why he was able to perform as well as he did in the NCG, but obviously that performance further irritated the joint. Since they went to surgery, we have to assume the docs felt all the conservative treatments had failed to restore the joint to pre-injury health and they felt the only way to give it a chance to do that was to operate on it.

According to what I've learned, time and rest and not pushing it is the main thing to fix it, but Lacy's was so bad, they had to go in and "trim" the affected muscle

The joint that gets worked on in the turf toe injury is a delicate joint that must bear a huge amount of force just in walking, not to mention what a running back asks of the joint in terms of cutting. The force on the joint from that type of torque is unique and difficult to bear. In short, the joint can be "fixed," surely, but the question is whether it will ever perform to the level it did prior to injury. That is the unknown in EL's case and we all our our fingers crossed.

On the recovery process

They'll be very careful about running on that repaired joint, since he's still limping. I'd think he'd do a lot of stationary bike work, which won't stress the joint. Staying in FB shape, which means maintaining the hip flexors, IT band, hams, etc. is a problem, since the bike won't reach any of these. There are resistance exercises for these groups but they still can't simulate the moves needed on the FB field. It's basically walking a tight rope between rehab and reinjury...

 

So who's going to take Lacy's place?

Likely T.J. Yeldon, a 5-star true freshman who should have no problem adjusting to the college game. Dee Hart will likely be a situational back and there have been some concerns about how recovered he is from his injury. Blake Sims, 4th or 5th on the depth chart, will likely be held out of fall practice with an injury. Jalston Fowler is also a threat to start. 

 

I know this was long, but there was a lot of information. Thanks for bearing with me. RDT, if you have anything to share on this, feel free. 

 

Link: http://www.tidefans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=165462&page=3

BCS considers autobids for league champs ranked in the top 6

BCS considers autobids for league champs ranked in the top 6

Submitted by oakapple on May 2nd, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports (http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/brett-mcmurphy/18938708) reports that the BCS is considering a playoff model whereby conference champs receive autobids to the playoff, but only if they are rated in the top 6.

Had this system been in place last year, #5 Oregon, which won the Pac-12, would have gone into the playoff over #4 Stanford. However, #10 Wisconsin, which won the Big Ten, would have been ineligible, thus freeing up a spot for #2 Alabama.

This strikes me as a reasonable compromise. In this era of conference championship games, a team can win a weak division despite a mediocre regular season, and be one game away from from playing for the national championship.

Last year, for example, the Pac-12 championship game featured Oregon vs. 6-6 UCLA. Suppose the Bruins had won. A playoff featuring the four best conference champs would have taken LSU and Oklahoma State (no issue with either of those), but also #10 Wisconsin and #20 Clemson.

What kind of playoff is it, if the four teams are #1, 5, 10, and 20? That's not an anomaly, either. Weak conference champs are crowned with some regularity. In the NCAA basketball tourney, where they take 68 teams, this isn't an issue. Even after autobids, there are more than enough slots to take everyone else that truly belongs there.

But if your playoff is only going to have four teams, you need to make sure they're four really good teams.

Personally, I wouldn't mind just taking the top four (however those four are determined). It's the simplest system that everyone can understand. But still, one can see the objection where, last year, #4 Stanford would have received a playoff bid over #5 Oregon, even though Oregon won the Pac-12.

Giving priority to conference champs, while requiring them to be in the top 6, strikes an appropriate balance. It gives value to winning your conference, while ensuring that a #20 team can't get into a four-team playoff.

Once you get below #6, you're almost certainly into teams that had weaker seasons, and in a playoff limited to four teams, they don't belong.

OT: C-USA/Mountain West Merger Called Off, Both Conferences Expanding Though

OT: C-USA/Mountain West Merger Called Off, Both Conferences Expanding Though

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 2nd, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Didn't see this posted anywhere.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/brett-mcmurphy/18923863/conference-usa-reloading-by-adding-6-schools

The following will take place in 2013-

Conference USA will expand to 14 by adding Florida International, Louisianna Tech, North Texas, UT-San Antonio (program begins this season), UNC-Charlotte (program begins in 2013) and Old Dominion (FCS School).

The Mountain West will expand to 10 by adding Utah State and San Jose State.

Texas State, who is a FCS school and originally headed for the WAC, will join the Sun Belt.

This seems to be the end of the WAC, since this would leave them with two members.

Mike Martin Draft Party

Mike Martin Draft Party

Submitted by Everyone Murders on May 2nd, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Great video of Mike Martin's draft party at Conor O'Neills.  A wonderful night for one of my favorite players of the past 10 years.  Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QviuR9ZxmpI , which I discovered via http://annarbor.com/sports/um-football/former-michigan-football-star-mike-martin-produces-video-of-draft-party/[email protected] .

In addition to the sincere happiness evident in Martin's face, his mom's face, and the shared joy of his friends and family, I'm struck by the similarity of his speaking style to President Obama's.  (This is not a plug for or against Pres. Obama - MGoBlog's not the place for that, of course.)

Is there a future in politics after Martin's done feasting on QBs and RBs at the next level?

 

OT: Saints Players Suspensions Handed Out

OT: Saints Players Suspensions Handed Out

Submitted by Son of Lloyd Brady on May 2nd, 2012 at 1:24 PM
 
Jonathon Vilma, Entire Season

Anthony Hargrove, 8 games (Now on Packers)

Will Smith, 4 games

Scott Fujita, 3 games (Now on Browns)

Wow, very suprised to see Vilma suspended for the entire season.

Link: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7881761/nfl-bans-four-players-new-orleans-saints-bounty-roles

OT - Eric LeGrand (paralyzed while playing for Rutgers in 2010) signed by Bucs

OT - Eric LeGrand (paralyzed while playing for Rutgers in 2010) signed by Bucs

Submitted by JHendo on May 2nd, 2012 at 10:33 AM

In a symbolic gesture, the Tampa Bay Bucs have signed Eric Legrand, who if you all remember, was paralyzed during play against Army while at Rutgers in 2010.  His story of being told he was going to be a quadriplegic on a ventilator his whole life, to now being able to stand with support resonates a lot with us Michigan fans because of Brock Mealer.  Greg Schiano and the Bucs just earned a whole lot of respect from me for making this move.

Link

Scouting Report: Eldridge Massington

Scouting Report: Eldridge Massington

Submitted by Magnus on May 2nd, 2012 at 7:39 AM

This week's scouting report is on Mesquite (TX) West Mesquite wide receiver Eldridge Massington.  He's 6'3", 205 lbs. and claims a 4.5 forty.  Michigan has a good shot at pulling him in; however, USC is supposed to be his favorite, despite the fact that the Trojans haven't offered yet.  Massington looks a little bit like David Terrell to me.  Big kid, good leaper, good but not great speed.  He's not quite as quick as Terrell, though.

Whitlock v. Gladwell: The Future of College Football

Whitlock v. Gladwell: The Future of College Football

Submitted by Edward Khil on May 2nd, 2012 at 5:35 AM

I'm not certain what authority will be deciding whether or not college football should be banned.  But the issue will be discussed on May 8 in NYC (that hotbed of college football).  And Jason Whitlock will be among those opposing Malcolm Gladwell and his utopian vision and Buzz Bissinger, who believe that CFB should be banned.

Or do they?  I thought I gleaned somewhere in Gladwell's comments that it would be okay to play CFB as long as the players got paid.  And that's exactly what Whitlock is saying.  However, as was pointed out on the last thread I posted, the players are compensated with a college education.  But Whitlock says that's not enough.

I suspect that the level of discourse--and the intricacies of the subject--will not be explored as carefully and as passionately at this May 8 conference in NYC as they were in the thread here at MGoBlog( http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/malcolm-gladwell-why-college-football-should-be-outlawed).

Although, I must admit, the grammer police in that thread lost control; and it devolved into a grammar war, or, hopefully, a grammar spring.  And I was as guilty as anyone.

Nonetheless, here is the link, and, of course, a synopsis of Mr. Whitlock's comments:

To shore up his defense, Whitlock also invokes America’s free principles, which he feels encompass the “right to act dumb” in pursuit of athletic glory or even cash. What he can’t stand is the bad faith of college leagues withholding pay from their risk-taking players. (It’s “embarrassingly hypocritical,” he grumbles.)

http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/intelligence_squared/2012/05/the_next_slate_intelligence_squared_debate_is_may_8_why_jason_whitlock_thinks_we_should_give_college_football_another_chance_.htmll

Lewan and Roh in CBS's Top 50 Draft Prospects for 2013

Lewan and Roh in CBS's Top 50 Draft Prospects for 2013

Submitted by mgoblue No.1 on May 1st, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Just remember a debate going on a little while ago about whether UM has any guys who could go 1st round next year.

Taylor Lewan is #24 overall and 2nd rated OL.

Craig Roh #31 overall 

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/rob-rang/18908781/early-look-at-2013-top-50-prospects (Not much to read)

Edit: Bodogblog pointed out that Lewan is #31 in a different CBS writer's top 32

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/18906573/top-32-for-2013-barkley-headlines-a-class-that-already-looks-deep