Northwestern announced yesterday that Kevin Coble’s injury is a lisfranc fracture. This is an injury which involves the dislocation of joints in the mid foot. It is a serious injury, and may force Coble to miss the season and take a redshirt, but it is an injury several NFL players have recovered from to have great success.
Current Denver Broncos defensive back Ty Law suffered a lisfranc fracture when playing for the New England Patriots in 2004. In 2005 Law went to the New York Jets where he started 16 games, made 62 tackles, and recorded a career-high 10 interceptions.
Another NFL player who suffered a lisfranc fracture is Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Aaron Schobel. Schobel suffered his lisfranc fracture last season, but has returned healthy this season. He already has five sacks and interception return for a TD.
Finally, perhaps the most notable lisfranc fracture was the one suffered by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney. Freeney suffered his injury in 2007 and returned last season to make 10.5 sacks. This year he already has 9.5 sacks.
Admittedly the players above play football and not basketball, but they still present strong evidence that while lisfranc fractures are serious—they can be recovered from with great success. Schobel is on his way to a Pro Bowl season and Law and Freeney recorded some of their best years after their lisfranc fractures.
Based on this evidence, I believe Kevin Coble can return very successfully from his injury. It might not be till the fall of 2010, but Coble will be back.
News and Notes: I neglected to mention in my postgame for NIU that Drew Crawford scored his first career points last night on an impressive offensive rebound and put back….According to the Daily Herald Carmody wasn’t surprised with Crawford’s foul trouble as he also had trouble with fouls during the ‘Cats scrimmage with Indiana Wesleyan…..NU’s next opponent #10 Butler beat Davidson 73-62 behind 17 points from Gordon Hayward….Northwestern pulled off a 21-16 football victory over Illinois behind another great game by QB Mike Kafka today to capture the first Land of Lincoln Trophy….. I felt NU didn’t play that well considering 3 missed field goals, multiple dropped passes, and some ultra conservative play calling, but the win puts NU in great position to return to the Alamo Bowl or travel to Orlando for the Champs Sports Bowl.