Stanford's 2008 spring football kicks off Tuesday, but plenty of players will be missing some or all of the 15 practices, for reasons as far-ranging as injuries to roles on the baseball team to a Mormon mission. Here's a complete breakdown of every player that Coach Jim Harbaugh mentioned, in his Monday afternoon presser, would be missing part of spring ball
Name Reason Expected Return
Brian Bulcke Right shoulder surgery Back to contact in the beginning of June
Jim Dray Left knee and ACL injuries Possibly back in early September.
"September 1, September 6 is a possible return date for football," Harbaugh said. "He was hurt in the TCU game and his injury report was 'cannot attend.' ACL, other three-letter initials, it was as bad as it can be. We hope he'll be back in September."
Sione Fua Mormon mission Second half of spring ball, optimistically
"He should be back in school for spring quarter. So possibly he'll be back for the second half of spring ball, we'll have Sione back. In our recruiting class, we count Sione as a guy who's coming back and really bolsters that recruiting class that much more."
Toby Gerhart Baseball After spring ball
"He's playing baseball DH, but hopefully by the end of the week will be back in the field."
David Green Back surgery Day-to-day
"David Green had back surgery four weeks ago and it was a three-week rehabilitation, but he's been out running. He's someone we've got to constantly monitor, make sure we're on treatment with him and there are no relapses. It was a successful surgery to his back. The lumbar, it sounds more serious than it is. He had back pain about one month before reporting to camp and just was not effective at all as a kicker due to that back pain last year."
Levirt Griffin Hip arthroscopy June
Austin Gunder Unspecified injury After spring ball
"He's off crutches now, and is feeling no pain."
Kellen Kiilsgaard Baseball Most of spring ball
"He's a guy trying to do both in spring and how it works is if he's practicing football and baseball, then he comes to football. If it's football practice and a baseball game, then he goes to the game, as long as he's not sitting on the pine. [Smiles.]"
Anthony Kimble Shoulder Second half of spring ball
Owen Marecic Shoulder surgery After spring ball
Chris Marinelli Shoulder surgery After spring ball
Pat Maynor Ankle surgery Mid-March.
"Ankle surgery in Week 11. We expect his return in the middle of March, so he's back for the second half of spring ball."
James McGillicuddy Fractured toe in winter conditioning 4-6 weeks
"I have to give him a lot of credit. He missed his first two seasons with a serious patella tendonitis injury and I'm almost calling him the Comeback Kid. This guy has comeback from really thinking he was done with football and then showing in winter conditioning he could be a contributor to our football team. Unfortunately, he's out for spring ball because he needs all the football he can get."
Marcus Rance Labrum Day-to-day
Allen Smith Fractured kneecap Summer, optimistically
"He tore his patella tendon in September against Oregon, the third play. It was a successful surgery and then two weeks ago, he fractured his kneecap. He was doing leg press in rehab. So it's a pretty big setback. It's still possible for him to be back for the '08 season, but not 100% that he will." [Not good news]
Ekom Udofia Fibula fracture Second half of spring ball, optimistically
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