Did we say weird injuries only happen in baseball? If so, we didn’t mean it. They are certainly more common on or around the diamond, but Colorado quarterback Nick Hirschman reminded us earlier this week that they can happen in all sports. The sophomore was scheduled to challenge Texas transfer Connor Wood for the starting quarterback position next season, but Hirschman will now miss all of spring practices while his broken right foot heals. According to Dr. Saturday, he broke the foot by stepping on it wrong while walking.
It gets worse. The bone Hirschman broke in his right foot was the fifth metatarsal bone. Last August, he broke the same exact bone in his left foot and it required two surgeries to repair. Hirschman told the Boulder Daily Camera last week that he was close to feeling 100 percent for the first time from the injury to his left foot. He will now require surgery to repair the right foot.
I’m no doctor, but Hirschman must have some sort of disorder with this particular bone in his feet, right? I can’t imagine any situation in which a person would break a bone in their foot simply by walking if they were perfectly healthy — let alone the same bone they had already broken in their other foot.
At least the last bizarre college football injury we featured involved a moped and a box of pizza. For Hirschman, that’s just unbelievably bad luck. Here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery and can compete for the starting job again in 2013.