Nittany Notes: Injury Report Part I

Penn State certainly had its fair share of injuries last season. Get an update right here on the progress of some of these wounded Lions as they push to get back into action.

With Penn State in the thick of winter workouts, here is an update on the progress of some players who are recovering from injuries:

Jerome Hayes: Hayes sustained an ACL against Wisconsin Oct.13. He has been progressing, although ACL recovery times can very dramatically. He began to do some work without a brace during Penn State's Alamo Bowl preparations and is currently having "easy" run sessions under trainer supervision. He is working out and continuing his rehab regimen. As for participating in spring practice, which is slated to start March 24, one observer said, "I expect [the staff] will have him ease into things and get involved in light work. But I'd be surprised if he sees a lot of contact as a precaution."

Jerome Hayes

Jared Odrick: Odrick sustained a broken ankle during the Indiana game Oct. 20. He wore an immobilizing boot through the bowl trip but is currently able to go without it. He is continuing his rehab, although he has not participated in run sessions this winter. Some observers indicate he could start running soon. Odrick's initial recovery period to get out of the boot and put weight on his ankle was estimated at about 12 weeks, so he is currently on track based on that timetable.

Jared Odrick

Devon Still: Still sustained an ACL tear injury in mid-August during preseason drills. Initially expected to play in 2007, this injury forced him to redshirt. He's made "a good recovery" and is participating in weight and run sessions. "The [staff] is keeping an eye on him,"one observer said. "He's looking good though and says he feels healthy, so I'd be surprised if he wasn't cleared for [spring practice] contact drills."

Devon Still

Look for more injury updates on these players and others as spring practice continues to draw near.


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