Jan 4, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT
ESPN’s Tom Friend reports that Jimmy Clausen’s turf toe injury was actually two torn ligaments in his right big toe. The injury, suffered during the Michigan State game back in September, happened when Clausen tried to avoid a hit on a sack by Spartan linebacker Eric Gordon.
The injury was the source of rumors and speculation with many believing Clausen had broken a bone or torn a ligament. Weis, Clausen, and the entire staff all insisted that Clausen simply had a case of turf toe, an injury that hobbled NFL quarterback Matt Ryan and caused him to miss significant playing time this season, while Clausen never missed a start.
Clausen had begun training for his draft workouts when he reaggravated the injury.
More from Friend’s report:
Clausen hoped the pain was behind him when he resumed workouts in late
December, but while throwing a deep pass to former Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn,
the quarterback felt more aches. His agent, Gary Wichard, suggested he
undergo an MRI, and the results revealed two torn ligaments in his
right big toe — the foot he plants with when he throws.
Dr. David Thordarson of the USC Medical Center suggested surgery to
re-attach the ligaments, and when Clausen flew to Baltimore for a
second opinion, Myerson agreed.
I wonder if the decision to categorize Clausen’s injury as turf toe as opposed to torn ligaments was subterfuge or if it really took an MRI to diagnose the injury. Charlie Weis always claimed to be forthright about injuries, but I certainly wouldn’t blame him for not letting the world know that his star quarterback needed season ending surgery.
Clausen is expected to be out for two to three months according to Friend and will throw for scouts in early April.
(Funny that it took until after their college careers were over for Jimmy Clausen to complete a pass to wide receiver Arrelious Benn. I wonder how Benn feels about his decision to hitch his wagon to quarterback Juice Williams instead of Clausen back when he chose the Illini after silently committing to the Fighting Irish.)