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James is out of practice today. Icing his left foot again.
UPDATE: Just connected with a source close to James.
Apparently he got his foot stepped on during punt today. He did 1-on-1s today and the coaches told him he was done for the day after that.
This post was edited by Jeff Howe 18 months ago
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That doesn't sound promising. It is good that there is a long time until there are practices and games that matter.
Kid needs to sit this one out.
Considering his weight, this may be an injury that follows him his entire career. Hope that's not the case.
I really hope not. When i saw all the junior film, I thought he had far and away the best film in the class. Nobody played his position better in my mind. That does not mean he is the best, because his position is given a lot less value than OT, DL, or QB.. I hope he stays healthy enough to fulfill his potential.
Big men with bad feet have a hard time getting 100% healthy. Hopefully he gets back to himself and is able to maintain his health.
Listen, I understand the concern, but there is precedent for the concern being little more than handwringing.
Tony Hills had DROPFOOT!!! OMG!?!?! wait, wut is da dropfoot?!?
That was basically what was said offline and subtly on online once he was hurt during his senior year. In hushed tones of grave concern, Internet medical experts expressed real concern that he may never play again. Right. Unless I missed something, the dude just spent his 6th year in the league after an All-Conference career at Texas.
The same concerns about foot support/weight ratio were uttered about Mason Walters after he went down to a foot injury early in his career. ScipioTex went so far as posting on BC that he'd spoken to some medical people with experience on such matters and they were again concerned that the guy may never play again. That worked out, no doubt.
Maybe this guy winds up with a foot issue that prevents him from becoming everything he could be, but the notion that his weight is going to be a big decisive factor flies in the face of any examples that can be cited in regard to foot injuries for players or recruits at Texas and any other examples are also pretty few and far between.
If this guy can be patient, he's probably going to be fine.
Yao Ming says hello...
CTJ, Tony Hills' recovery was a rare occurrence, many have deemed it a miracle.
I don't think anyone is saying James has the dropfoot condition, just that perpetual foot & ankle injuries in big men are often chronic and could be problematic.
Yao Ming doesn't twitter. He twatters.
I understand all of that, and I am saying it gets overstated and overhyped, including the Hills dropfoot problem.
This guy is big for 18 but not massive. He's got a great chance of being fine, and the belief that this could become a chronic issue is little more than fantasy.
James was precautionary as he got stepped on at practice.
Should be fine for Friday. Tomorrow is a walk through practice - for the most part.
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He was also a foot taller
I'd hardly call it a miracle. Young otherwise healthy people with drop foot due to relatively mild trauma to the peroneal nerve at the fibular head tend to recover well given time. I see people all the time who have drop foot after surgery due to poor positioning during the procedure. They tend to recover within a few months.
I'm not going to be worried about one day; but there clearly is good reason to be concerned if James foot will be a career limiting issue. Most do pretty well after surgery with ORIF, but not all.
About the same weight...
I think the positive for James this week is he has moved well at 340-350-pounds. He looks like that guy who was as talented/good as any OL outside of of Laremy Tunsil before his tough luck with the foot injury the last few months.
His versatility and movement/flexibility have always jumped out as a prospect for me.
If he stays healthy - should be a really, really good player for Texas.
Is James really in the 340-350 lb range? Yeow!
I hope James got some Army boots for Christmas......................
Swoopes to OT?
9 and 4 at Texas sucks!
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