QB EJ Manuel Played with Broken Fibula During Bowl Game

Feb. 22, 2012

Florida State officials announced on Tuesday, that quarterback EJ Manuel sustained a fractured fibula in his left leg, during the Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame on Dec. 29.

According to a statement released by Florida State’s sports information department on Tuesday, the Virginia native will be ready for spring practice, and his injury has “healed nicely.”

Manuel completed 20 out 31 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Notre Dame. After being down 3 to 14 in the third-quarter, Manuel was able to led the Florida State offense in the fourth-quarter with two key touchdown passes to Bert Reed and Rashad Greene, while dealing with a broken fibula.

FSU running back Chris Thompson, who had a season-ending back injury at Wake Forest in the fifth game of the 2011 season, is expected back for spring practice in March. Devonta Freeman has been rehabbing a lower back injury, but is also expected to participate in spring practice.

Five other Seminoles had some surgical procedures over the off-season, but will take part in spring practice are defensive tackle Darious Cummings (knee), Dustin Hokins (left knee), Anothony McCloud (knee) and Xavier Rhodes (left knee). Safety Karlos williams, who sustained a wrist fracture in the regular season finale at Florida, has successful surgery and is expected to practice this spring.

Offensive guards Jacob Fahrenkrug (left shoulder), Garrett Faircloth (hip), offensive lineman Daniel Foose (lower back), defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle) and defensive end Bjoern Werner (right shoulder) will all miss spring practice while rehabbing from those procedures.

The Seminoles start spring practice on Mar. 19 before concluding with the annual Garnet & Gold Spring Game on Apr. 14 at 4 p.m. in Doak Campbell Stadium.


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