Friday, May 31, 2013

Calgary Stampeders Will Be Without Forzani To Start Season

Calgary Stampeders wideout Johnny Forzani traveled to Vail, Colorado four weeks ago for surgery to repair
torn ligaments resulting from a serious high ankle sprain he sustained last October against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Dr. Thomas Clanton of the Steadman Clinic performed the surgery.
"They used to use screws in ankles and feet and stuff like that," said Forzani. "This is basically an innovative version of that where they put in these ceramic buttons with ropes that act as ligaments and hold everything tight. The surgery went really well... These guys did Kobe Bryant's ankle, so you couldn't be in better hands."
The Stampeders will be without Forzani for an undetermined period of time as he recovers and rehabilitates from his surgery. The 24 year old hopes to return some time this season, however.
"It's pretty sore. Any time you have something done to your foot or that area, it's your support system, so it's kind of hard to move around. But it's getting better each day. So, it's just the healing process, now I just have to let time do its thing," Forzani said.
This is the Stampeders' first injury of the next season, and they haven't even set foot on the field yet.
"We just hope that he has a speedy recovery," said head coach/GM John Hufnagel. "It's kind of a wait and see. After the operation, he has to let it rest and then he starts rehab. Once he gets back on his feet, then we can determine how much longer."
Forzani isn't pleased with the situation he's in, but he's going to make the best of it.
"It's not a good situation," Forzani said. "Ideally I would have liked to have had this happen in November, but stuff like this sometimes just happens. It is what it is. I hate to revert back to that cliche, but it is what it is. I just have to get better now. Do the rehab. Stay off it. Work out the body like I always do. Maintain great upper body strength. Catch a lot of balls in practice."
In the coming months Forzani will work with his hands, saying, "I remember Mo Price when he broke his foot last year. One thing I admired is that he was always out there sitting in the chair catching balls and there's other things you can do to improve even though you can't run. You can stay locked in and understand what's going on and so then when the time is ready to get back in the game, you're right where you left off."

Last season Forzani caught 29 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns. When healthy, Forzani is expected to have a deeper impact on offense due to the departure of Romby Bryant to the Toronto Argonauts.
Forzani's injury allows receivers like Anthony Parker, Chris Bauman, Jabari Arthur, Brad Sinopoli, and Yannick Morin-Plante to step up their game.

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