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Report: Stephon Tuitt has small foot fracture

Feb 24, 2014, 2:13 AM EDT

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After reaching his weight loss goals for the NFL Scouting Combine, Stephon Tuitt suffered a setback in his quest to be taken in the NFL Draft’s first round. The former Irish defensive end has a small fracture in his left foot, according to a report by

According to the report, Tuitt won’t work out Monday with the defensive linemen after a medical scan revealed a Jones fracture in his left foot. That injury, a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone on the outside of the foot is often times confused for an ankle sprain, and is sometimes an overuse injury.

Tuitt has worked vigorously since declaring for the draft, dropping 25 pounds while training for the combine. A Jones fracture tends to heals in 6-8 weeks, leaving enough time for Tuitt to potentially hold an individual workout. The NFL Draft was pushed back to May 8, though the decision to workout might not be wise at that point.

Tuitt impressed with his slimmed down physique, while also showing his power by completing 31 reps on the bench press. He has yet to comment on the injury.


  1. seanb20124 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Why was he overweight at ND? Or was he not overweight for CFB?

    • irishfan4life - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Tuitt wasn’t able to train too much during the pre-season camp at ND because he had surgery to correct a sports hernia. If I remember correctly, it took longer than expected to heal, so he played a little heavy this year and thus the reason for the very slow start.

    • NotreDan - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      I place the failings of Tuitt and Nix squarely on the shoulders of Diaco.

      They were lazy, fat, and unmotivated. Clear coaching failure. That they BOTH showed some fire (and weight loss) only AFTER NFL money was on the line shows that either they were not RKG’s, and/or the coaching staff whiffed like a girl scout playing whiffle-ball.

      • onward2victory - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        Personal accountability has to come in somewhere though.

  2. mediocrebob - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    “I bet be just doesn’t want to go to Indy due to being lazy.”

    Figured I’d beat some of you late risers to the punch.

  3. andy44teg - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM


  4. ndcanuck - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Unfortunate, but you can’t help thinking Tuitt is going to catch the “injury-prone” label and make some teams leery of drafting him high. Who knows if he can stand up to the real grind in the NFL, as he was either out or playing hurt for so much of his time at ND.

    Hope it works out for him!

    • danirish - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Well, two things can happen:

      1. He gets the label and is drafted late and “never lives up to his talent” and fades away

      2. He gets the label and is drafted late, kicks butt for a few years and next thing you know he is an all-Pro making millions upon millions.

      As long as he doesn’t destroy the Bears I hope #2

  5. 1historian - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    The film clip of his picking up the Navy fumble and running away from the Navy defenders in the 2012 opener is going to go a long way, as it should.

  6. nudeman - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    A fond farewell from nudeman. Time for me to devote less time to ND football.
    Stopped commenting on another board months ago and this is the inevitable next step.

    I’ll miss interacting with a lot of you – andy, NotreDan, don74, bern, ndgold&blue, ibleedirish, ArtVandelay, idratherbe, jersey, blackirish to name a few
    And of course PaulHargis.
    Some here need to be able to laugh at ND football and this board a little more easily, and appreciating hargis’s stuff is a good first step. He’s Don Rickles, not Satan.

    And bern – you’re the best. You truly are Wally Cleaver, and I mean that in the best way.

    If anyone wants to get in touch with me even just to have a beer, get my email from Keith.
    I’d rather not post it here.

    And if you’re ever in my neck of the woods: Céad Míle Fáilte


    • fentocamarillo - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM


      Best of luck in your future endeavors. I did hear that the plastic cutlery plant has finally found its way to your seniority date. Good luck with the bagging operation. Remember to always work hard. If you do it’s very likely you’ll get promoted to carton erector. From there, the world will be at your feet. Go Irish! By union!

      • fentocamarillo - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Even better news. Heard Tommy just got hired as plant manager. “Hey nude, go long…show you I can still throw the deep one!”

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      now, wait just a minute.

      is this an early april fool’s day joke and/or an homage to alec Baldwin’s recent proclamation that he is finished with public life, or is this for real?

      come on nude, while devoting less time to ND football may lower your stress, your blood pressure, the amount of your drinking, your cholesterol and in general, improve the quality of your life, just what are you trying to do, make sure that you die a healthy man?

      the comments section would be a duller place without your contributions. it may be time to call in the big guns to give you a pep talk. (keith, please ask your mom to make another guest appearance and straighten nude out).

      all yucks aside, take care and come back and see us sometime.

    • domer77blowsgoats - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      i call a huge BS on this – there is no way you can possibly walk away at the peak of your anonymous blogging posting career

      Theories on why the immortal and infallible Nude is stepping down:

      1. The obvious – TR is gone (but hey Ishaq is still around to beat down)
      2. Western Electric just cancelled dial-up internet access
      3. He’s taking his online relationship with PaulHargis live
      4. Volunteering with the NAACP on a special project involving blog comment sections
      5. Sanctimoniousness just doesn’t pay the bills like it used to

      Farewell Nude – my lunch hour just won’t be the same without you…

      • NotreDan - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        there’s a goat %^&* waiting for your attention.

    • danirish - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      DUDE! Don’t go! I love the banter. I have visions of a lot of us sitting in a great pub with good beer and snacks laughing and raging on each other. Sure some get to serious but it is in all good fun.

      Regardless, gonna miss ya!

    • viktory2013 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Hey man, don’t get chased off by some of these guys. Learnedly discussing ND football might be aggravating at times, but it’s certainly more interesting than politics or the latest P.C. fad!

      P.s. Tuitt is showing a lot of fragility and very little toughness. Not a good sign

    • dbldmr - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Say it ain’t so.

    • dickasman - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      What happened? Is it time for colonoscopy already? Nd football specifically inside the irish is like a good rock solid 8ball.

    • NotreDan - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      There is always more to the story lads.

      Brother nude may not be gone forever.

      Patience is not born into the Irish, but, we’ll hang around and see what happens.

      Of course, he may be F*^&(#& crazy, and posting as half of the people responding. That’s why I like posting my real name and email address

      • goirishgo - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        I’ve often thought that Nude was working toward a professional blogging gig. Perhaps something along those lines is coming to fruition?

      • NotreDan - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        He and I discussed… both of us thought of trying an independent run, but it’s a lot of work.

      • goirishgo - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:57 AM

        He has the tools – writes well, opinionated, likes to stir the pot, has passion. I agree it’s a tough road though.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Good luck Nudey….I didn’t always agree with you, but that’s what I liked about you. You usually brought a perspective that wasn’t mine.

    • irishpuma - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      Nude did I miss something? come on man, need your voice or reason against these rose colored neophytes in here. Take a little vacay and come back even stronger. Unlike Tuitt!!!

    • getsome99 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Next man in…

    • ndgoldandblue - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      What?! Say it ain’t so, nudeman. You’re one of the posters on this board who contributes (relatively) grounded and objective comments on Notre Dame football. You’re not a doomsdayer, nor are you a pollyanna, and there’s too many of both. We’re a dying breed, man.

    • ibleedirish - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      I’m pouring one out for ya nude (well, not the whole thing, I’m thirsty). I for one will miss reading your posts, and hope you stop back to visit us degenerates during the season.

  7. jem5b - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    We don’t know the financial situation of the Truitt family.
    We know the fragility of the mind of a teen-ager. Tuitt saw his team-mates fall all year.
    Garrett(sp), Louis, Day, etc.
    Maybe all of these happenings played a part in his decision, same for Niklas.
    We just don’t know. Hopefully they come back and finish their degree at ND.

    • NotreDan - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Truitt. Classic

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        NotreDan…thanks your pointing that out. Laughed out loud on that one (LOL’ed)

  8. fnc111 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    He’ll still most likely be a late second round pick. That’s quality money to get his life started. Him and Hercules will have to stay really healthy to get that big second contract like Justin Tuck did.

    • danirish - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I mentioned this as a reply to another comment that he could get drafted late and be a “bust” or turn into a stud all-Pro with millions of dollars.

      Hope he does well!

  9. fitz79 - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Bad Karma for leaving God’s school one year too early? lol

  10. shaunodame - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    If Tuitt’s stock was slipping as of late, does this put him in full free fall mode?

    I hope not, as I’m as big a believer in his skills as any. Whoever gets this kid will be lucky, but it certainly appears that his stock is not what it was just a few months ago. And not even close.

  11. jem5b - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Say it ain’t so Nude!!!!!!!!!
    Where are you going Nude? How can life be better then over here on KA’s board?
    Ding, the Fries are done. :) giggles.

  12. papadec - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Nude – a guy’s gotta do, what a guy’s gotta do. Looks like I’m not the only one that will miss you. Best regards, and I look forward to some guest posts, down the road.

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