Roche begins recovery from broken leg

Incoming freshman offensive lineman <B>Brian Roche</b> had surgery over the past weekend has started his recovery from a broken leg.

When you are 6-foot-5 and 285-pounds, there isn't such a thing as a little fall. Louisville incoming freshman Brian Roche had such a spill recently when he slipped on black ice while walking down a few steps recently, breaking his left leg.

On Saturday, Roche underwent surgery to repair the broken bone and the report is that it went well and was a success.

"He has to stay off of it completely for two weeks," said one of Roche's Don Bosco assistant coaches, Ty Caldwell. "He'll wear a boot for four to six weeks and then do rehab for about three to four months."

Roche was expecting to redshirt his first year at U of L, but now the question looms, will he and the Cardinal coaches elect to use a medical redshirt. If a medical redshirt is chosen and accepted by the NCAA, Roche would have six years to play four.

However, Roche isn't going to allow the injury to stop him from preparing for fall camp.

"He is still going to do some upper body work," explained Caldwell.

Roche lived with the severe pain of the injury, suffered while visiting a friend in Pennsylvania, for hours. He stayed the night in Pennsylvania before returning home to New Jersey and the hospital the next morning.

"He's a tough kid," Caldwell said. "He said that he just let the pain put him to sleep."

The highly-rated offensive lineman still anticipates visiting Louisville for the Cardinals spring game.

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