A couple days ago we mentioned how we excited were for the emergence of tight end Christo Kourtzidis. As it turns out, we will just have to wait a little bit longer:
A nagging shoulder injury will sideline one of Florida State’s tight ends for the remainder of spring practice, coach Jimbo Fisher said Friday afternoon.
Sophomore Christo Kourtzidis, who played in seven games as a true freshman last season, went through surgery to repair a torn labrum earlier this week. Fisher said the injury had been bothering Kourtzidis at the end of the season, but athletic trainers were hoping he would be able to wait until after spring practice to have the surgery.
Kourtzidis began spring practices three weeks ago and even caught passes during Monday afternoon’s scrimmage.
“We wanted to give him some more reps, but it started bothering him, so we went halfway through,” Fisher said of Kourtzidis’ participation in spring practice. “That way, we’ll give him two more weeks of rehab before the season starts.”
Kourtzidis should be 100 percent healthy in time for preseason camp in August, Fisher said.
Couple that with bad news about our starting running back:
When the Seminoles participate in their second scrimmage, they may be without junior TB Devonta Freeman, who sprained his right ankle Monday. Fisher said Friday he wasn’t whether athletic trainers thought Freeman might be healthy enough to compete in the scrimmage one week after sustaining the injury.
Injuries are bound to happen, especially on a team as physical and competitive as Florida State. I think losing players on offense especially hurts, however, because the key to this year’s team won’t be quarterback, but the players around the quarterback. Going into spring, FSU was deep at running back and tight end. Losing Freeman and Kourtzidis hurts depth and versatility, not to mention they are great players.
More pressure is now on TEs O’Leary and Haplea and RBs Wilder and Pender.