Nittany Notes: Injury Report Part II

Penn State certainly had its fair share of injuries last season. Get an update right here on the progress of more 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:

Lou Eliades: The offensive guard has been recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot which required surgery and forced him to use a motorized cart to get around campus to avoid putting weight on the injury. Since the bowl game preparations, Eliades has been able to wear a brace to place weight on the injured foot.

Lou Eliades (left)

Eliades is participating in weight room sessions and continues to focus on his rehab regimen, but has not been participating in run sessions with the team. "He looks more comfortable [walking on the injured foot]," one observer explained. "In December (before the Alamo Bowl) he was pretty hesitant and ginger on his feet."

Brennan Coakley: In November the reserve tight end sustained an ACL injury in one-on-one practice drills. Coakley is still recovering from this injury, wearing a knee brace to support the injured knee.

Brennan Coakley

Previously, Coakley was sidelined during the 2005 season with a similar knee injury, so there is concern this is a chronic issue, which is why observers expect the medical staff to "take their time" with his recovery.

Quinn Barham: Barham suffered a severe ankle injury which has sidelined him since it was sustained in early November before the Temple game. As one observer said, "It was nasty; his ankle was practically at a right angle." The injury occurred during a pile up. Defensive tackle Chris Baker landed on Barham, causing the injury. "It sucks, but it happens. One guy rolls on another wrong and you're out," an observer said.

Quinn Barham

Barham is still recovering and has been focused squarely on his rehab. "He gets periodic weight room work, but the injury was severe, so he's really had to focus on the recovery," an observer said. He is not expected to see significant participation in spring practice drills.

Tom McEowen: The defensive tackle has had his fair share of injuries during his short PSU career. In 2006 he redshirted due to an ankle injury which sidelined him after seeing a handful of snaps against Northwestern. In January of 2007 sustained a torn ACL during winter conditioning. The injury caused him to miss the rest of winter workouts and all of spring practice.

Tom McEowen

Currently, McEowen is back with the defensive tackles and "looks great," according to observers. "He's looks healthy and strong and seems to have no issues with the knee," one observer said of McEowen's performance so far this winter.


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