Florida State Running Back Mario Pender Out For An Extended Period Of Time

Florida State running back Mario Pender will be out an extended period of time after having surgery.

Last week we reported that Florida State running back Mario Pender suffered a collapsed lung and was in the hospital. Early reports were that he would be released from the hospital soon after, and that he would return to the team soon.

That is no longer the case. On his weekly call in show Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said that Pender suffered an infection in his lung and had to undergo surgery. 

"They actually had to go in and finish some surgery," Fisher said. "He got some infection in his lung, so they went in today and did some surgery. They closed a hole up. It was just a little hole. They thought it would recover quickly, but it never did. He had some things in there, but they got it cleaned up. Everything is good now."

There is no longer a timetable for Pender's return according to coach Fisher.

"He may be out quite a long [time], we thought he may be back in two weeks," Fisher said. "It was a possibility, but now it is looking like an extended stay. But he is doing well."

Jacques Patrick and Johnathan Vickers were both expected to back up Dalvin Cook against Wake, but it looks like their role will be expanded for most of the season.


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