Freshman Perez suffers ugly injury

Matt Perez was supposed to redshirt this season anyway, but the Indiana freshman running back may be spending more of his redshirt campaign healing than he would like.

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back suffered an ugly knee injury during Tuesday’s practice. The Hoosiers were not practicing in full pads, so there was no full tackling involved, but Perez planted his right foot awkwardly and fell to the ground. He was hit by safety Aaron Burks at the same time, forcing his leg to shift, causing the injury. Perez lay on the ground for several minutes before trainers carried him off the field, then drove him away from the practice facility.

After practice, Indiana coach Bill Lynch said he didn’t know the extent of the injury and hadn’t yet met with the athletic training staff.

Perez was Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and ESPNChicago.com’s prep player of the year in 2009 when he rushed for 2,246 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Maine South in Park Ridge, Ill.

Several other players were held out of Tuesday’s practice including defensive end Darius Johnson (hamstring), defensive end Kevin Bush (neck stinger), cornerback Andre Kates (hip), wide receiver Tandon Doss (groin) and wide receiver Dre Muhammad (ankle). Freshman wide receiver Logan Young and tight end Leneil Himes both returned to action after sitting out several days of practice last week.

16 comments

  1. wow, the injuries kill us again and we are even going light in practice. What is up with that? I called the stinger on Bush. After suffering through, I would say at least 15-20 of those between 17-18 years old, you never forget the way someone looks running off the field with that drooping shoulder with one arm dangling trying to get the feeling back…it sucks, it is freaky, and it hurts. Good luck to Perez and all the others, heal up so we can do this!!!

  2. I wouldn’t say injuries are “killing” us. We really don’t have that many…isn’t Adkins (and maybe Perez, who is redshirting anyway) the only player out for an extended period of time?

  3. Oh no. I would have guessed a week ago that Perez would end up playing this year to help with an injury-depleted backfield. I never would have imagined that he would be the one injured.

    Hope his injury is not as bad as it seems.

  4. Jimmy, sorry but I wrote that considering the lists I keep seeing and taking into account they are practicing more often than not 3 quarter speed without full pads. I also am preparing myself for the worst and hoping for the best…

  5. Hate to hear this for Perez.

    Jimmy, still a lot of little injuries that shouldn’t be happening without full pads. However injuries are part of the game and judging by the amount of bulk Aaron Price has put on, it isn’t from lack of hitting the weight room.

    KevinK, Perez wouldn’t have seen any time this year.

  6. It is probably true that the number and extent of imjuries is not inconsistent with other B10 programs. The problem is that the injury situation coupled with somewhat less depth and talent combine for an increasingly less competitive program as the season goes on. The good news, however, is that we are moving in a postive direction. Two years ago, we had a lot of injuries that resulted from poor strength and conditoning. This no longer appears to be an issue, so that’s progress.

  7. Injuries always suck! But that is football. BTW to the HT staff, as I scrolled down these posts, I saw in Red on the right margin that Korman still writes for the paper and that he and Dustin still do the weekly sports chat. You would think that information could become current in a newspaper.

  8. iufan23,

    I think you’re correct. The injuries the team appears to be online with what other teams suffer, and actually a little less than those going full out. Sometimes, like in this case, it is just a freak accident.

    You are also correct when you say first string injuries hurt, this team doesn’t have the depth at many position to have the first guys go down, the drop from 1 to 2 can sometimes be drastic.

  9. MikeP,

    I realize that this was already determined to be MP’s red shirt year, but if we had lost a couple of the other running backs to injury, and still had a chance for a decent season you don’t think that Perez’ red shirt could have been reconsidered?

    Has there been any more said on the injury?

  10. They’ve already burned Banks’ redshirt, and we have Willis, Burgess, Turner, and Davis-Walker all healthy. I doubt Perez would’ve played. Plus, having Willis as a junior next year, with Banks as a sophomore, Perez as a RS freshman, and Roberts as a true freshman will be a nice set up.

  11. I just read about Matt Perez and the injury….it made me sick! I sincerely hope it’s not half of what the article is presuming.I’ve followed high school sports for thirty-five years and know in my heart when an athlete is really special!….Indiana, I’ve watched this kid for two full seasons;and u have a one in a million!…It’s just one opinion but mark my words,he will eventually make u a believer,as well….because there is absolutely no quit in this warrior!…The kid is all about positive;refusing to fail,to the extent of never losing a high school game! Matt;May God give u strength and guidance.

  12. I just read about Matt Perez and the injury….it made me sick! I sincerely hope it’s not half of what the article is presuming.I’ve followed high school sports for thirty-five years and know in my heart when an athlete is really special!….Indiana, I’ve watched this kid for two full seasons;and u have a one in a million!…It’s just one opinion but mark my words,he will eventually make u a believer,as well….because there is absolutely no quit in this warrior!…The kid is all about positive;refusing to fail,to the extent of never losing a high school game! Matt;MayGod guide u.

  13. Matt Perez is the strongest football I’ve ever seen. Also, the nicest…Science and therapy have come along way since the day his dad, Dave, was injured at Illinois. We hope and pray Matt will be charging towards the end-zone very soon.

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