NEWSLINE: Seumalo to miss another spring

IT REALLY DIDN'T seem all that significant when it happened back in December of 2013. But Isaac Seumalo has not played in a game, let alone participated fully in a practice, since he injured his foot in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl. After missing the entire 2014 season, the Oregonian reports the Beavs' best o-lineman will miss the upcoming spring football session that begins the week of March 2.

Isaac Seumalo will not participate in spring drills, Beavers offensive line coach T.J. Woods told The Oregonian.

"I think the thing that we all know is we know what Isaac can be and what he can do on the field. It's about getting him there and giving him the opportunity to showcase his ability. But I think he's coming along pretty good," the paper quoted Woods.

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Seumalo had surgery to repair his broken left foot after the 2013 bowl game but former coach Mike Riley announced last March that Seumalo would be ready by fall camp. But Seumalo, who variously used a scooter and walking boot to get around, saw his surgically repaired foot heal slower than expected and his return timetable kept getting moved back -- from fall camp to Week Two, then sometime in mid-September after the bye, before finally in mid-October Riley said Seumalo would most likely redshirt.

It's now been nearly 13 months since the injury and although he was a partical participant in the two-week winter conditioning circuit, Seumalo's foot is still not 100 percent and seems like it is still a long ways away from being "football ready." The Oregonian reports he has only been "walking without assistance since winter break."

OSU does returns the o-line group this season that started the final four games last year in LT Sean Harlow, LG Fred Lauina, C Josh Mitchell, RG Gavin Andrews and RT Dustin Stanton.

But Seumalo was a sure-fire awards candidate and NFL draft pick before the injury -- and a potential first-rounder. Given the length of time that's transpired, the question has now become two-fold: will Seumalo return to the field and if so, will he be his old self?

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