Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman Out After Surgery

Ohio State senior tight end Jeff Heuerman will see limited time in spring training after sustaining a mid-foot injury that required surgery on Monday. 
Heuerman is one of the team's most respected leaders and one of Ohio's top returning threats in the passing game and will be sidelined from workouts until early June. 
According to coach Urban Meyers Heuerman's injury is a "midfoot sprain" and one that would not keep the tight end from missing significant time.
"It's six weeks in a cast [and a] boot, and we should have him ready to go full-speed in June," Meyer told reporters. 
Meyer texted the Columbus Dispatch that Heuerman would be back in no time." 
This is the third season ending injury for the Buckeyes since spring training opened last month. Heuerman joins safety Vonn Bell and backup receiver Jalin Marshall on the injured list. All three will be recovered in time for summer workouts. 
Heuerman finished his junior year with 26 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns, but was also a physical presence as a run blocker for one of the nation's best rushing attacks. 
With top receiver Corey Brown gone, Heuerman could be one of the Buckeyes biggest threats in the aerial attack in his senior year. 
Since we don't know specifically what type of midfoot sprain Heuerman has (it could be a Lisfranc sprain), typically a midfoot sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the central area of the foot. This is a common injury in athletes who do a lot of cutting and twisting.
A midfoot sprain occurs when the athlete's body turns and their foot stays in place. The twisting motion is transferred through their foot instead of the ground. This injury can also occur when another athlete steps on the back of the patient's heel. 
Those who experience midfoot sprains usually experience immediate pain and then swelling in the central area of their foot. Bruising may occur on the top or bottom of the foot and the athlete will complain of pain when attempting to bear weight. 
Most midfoot sprains are mild and do not require surgery like Heuerman's. Treatment involves immobilization with a boot, as well as icing, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications. 
References: ESPN and CBS Sports
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