Big hits are part of football — even from the doctor’s office.
The fourth-ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo football team received some bad news on Wednesday.
Senior offensive tackle Austin Payne’s knee injury is more serious than originally thought. His status for the season opener, or the season for that matter, is questionable.
“We got the MRI results and they weren’t good,” head football coach John Wristen said, not wanting to divulge specifics. “We’re still waiting for more medical evaluation.”
Payne, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle from Pueblo West High School, was to be the anchor on the ThunderWolves’ offensive line. The Pack potentially could have one of the top offenses in Division II. Former Pueblo Central High School player Ty McCulley (6-6, 298) ran with the first team on Saturday as Payne’s replacement.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries and we’re pretty beat up right now,” Wristen said. “We’re slowly trying to get some guys back.”
Wristen said “guys just really competing” are the cause of many of the preseason injuries. He hopes the Pack will be as close to full strength a week from today as it opens against West Texas A&M at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
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