TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Like most offseasons, several Florida State Seminoles underwent surgical procedures and only five players are slated to miss spring practice according to head coach Jimbo Fisher. 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 take to the field for 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.
Werner played with a brace on his shoulder for much of the season and I am told there is nothing to worry about here. McDaniel suffered his nasty injury against Duke. Krug and Cloth missed the bowl game. Foose was not in line for any serious playing time.
Quarterback EJ Manuel sustained a fractured fibula in his left leg in the Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame, but has healed nicely making him available for spring practice.
Those of you who noticed that EJ could not bend during the latter three quarters of the bowl game were correct. That's why FSU took all shotgun snaps from there on out.
Other Seminoles who had some arthroscopic procedures but will take part in spring practice are defensive tackle Darious Cummings (knee), Dustin Hopkins (left knee), Anthony McCloud (knee) and Xavier Rhodes (left knee). Safety Karlos Williams, who sustained a wrist fracture in the regular season finale at Florida, had successful surgery and is expected to practice this spring.
Cummings had a disclocated kneecap and I believe Hopkins had a cleanout. That Rhodes recovered as fast as he did is great news.
Chris Thompson, who had a season-ending back injury at Wake Forest in the fifth game of 2011, is expected back for spring practice. Running back Devonta Freeman has been rehabbing a lower back injury, but also is expected to participate in spring practice.
Chris Thompson is a great kid and that is great news.