Injuries are a natural part of football, but when a team announces them it still doesn’t make them any easier. Before today the Addazio mentioned that center Jon Baker would miss the spring rehabbing from shoulder surgery. He has been replaced by senior Shane Leonard who apparently is doing a fine job with the first team.
This afternoon Boston College announced that two other players sustained injuries this spring:
Two injury notes from @BCFootball spring practice. Sophomore OL Elijah Johnson is out for an extended period of time with a knee injury.— Jason Baum (@JasonBaumPR) April 6, 2017
Sophomore LB Max Richardson will miss the rest of spring practice for BC due to a broken foot.#BCEagles— Jason Baum (@JasonBaumPR) April 6, 2017
The Max Richardson news isn’t that big of a shocker if you have been following him on social media. Earlier this week he posted a picture of himself on crutches with a boot on. Glad to hear that the injury is only going to effect him through the spring. He had a nice freshman campaign as a special teamer, collecting 7 tackles in 11 games.
On the other hand the Elijah Johnson news is concerning. Given the wording that Jason used, it sounds like this injury is pretty serious, and that it’s a knee is even more worrisome. Though he doesn’t describe what the injury is, Baum’s tweet makes it sound like Johnson could be out longer than the spring. Hopefully this isn’t an ACL tear because that could mean the entire next season could be lost. Johnson was a starter as a true freshman, as a left guard. Losing him would be a huge blow to the Eagles, and would force Addazio to move up someone like John Phillips, Wyatt Knopfke or Anthony Palazzolo into the mix.
Of course we will keep our ears open for any updates on these injuries, and best wishes to both as they recover.