We haven't even begun the regular season of Cardinal Football yet we seem to already be plagued by the injury bug that tainted our basketball team this year. Before tonight's spring game we have fourteen players on the injured list and this morning practice had to be so early because three offensive linemen have been injured and the only ones left all had afternoon classes. Those three lineman were part of eight additional players to get hurt during spring drills. So if my math is correct that brings us to a whopping 22 players injured before our Cards have even played the spring game! Here is a snapshot of some of the more key injured players:
Normally I would be freaking out because we have so many injured players but I'm not sure I should be reacting the way I did when we lost players to injury during the basketball season. The biggest reason to me is that with first team players getting hurt it usually means that our second-teamers get more time on the ball and can get some experience under their belt instead of being thrown into the fire during the regular season. "There were six guys there that really needed a lot of work, and it's good that they got a lot of work," Strong said. Strong has said also that having starting players out has helped the team build depth which is key during the regular season when/if we lost starters to injury or if they just need a breather. It was hard to feel good about injuries during the basketball season because the roster is obviously much smaller and we had a lot of younger players without much experience to fill in the positions. So having all of these injuries happen before the regular season could be a good thing because they will heal before fall (most of them) and we will be healthy once our regular season starts. Plus we will have developed some depth in some really key areas of our team. So unless we end up without an offensive line or Stein and Bridgewaters both roll their ankles on loose footballs then I'm not too worried about this injury bug.
You can watch all of Coach Strong's comments from the man himself HERE