Patrick, Simmons get medical hardship waivers

CHICAGO — Camion Patrick won’t get his chance to live up to the hype.

Indiana coach Tom Allen announced Monday that Patrick has been granted a medical hardship waiver, effectively ending his playing career for the Hoosiers. Injuries took a toll on Patrick, who suffered an ACL injury during spring practice in 2016 and dealt with a shoulder injury late last season.

A medical hardship waiver means that Patrick can continue pursuing his degree at Indiana, but his scholarship won’t count against IU’s team limit of 85. Allen also announced Monday that three-year starting linebacker T.J. Simmons will also claim a medical hardship. Simmons missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Patrick, a receiver-turned-tailback, was expected to compete for the bulk of the carries in IU’s backfield this season. But Allen acknowledged concern with Patrick’s recovery timeline entering the summer.

Now, Patrick’s career is over.

“We were worried,” Allen said. “His shoulder wasn’t healing right. He didn’t practice all apring. I really think he played about a week the previous spring. I really haven’t seen him much. Really liked him as a young man. I really feel bad for him. We just had to come to the conclusion that his body let him down and wasn’t able to do it, to play that position and the pounding it was going to take to play. Disappointed for him, for sure.”

The Hoosiers were hopeful that Patrick could become a featured back in their offense, using his blend of size and athleticism to become a starter in the backfield. Indiana doesn’t have a proven running back lined up to take the reins from Devine Redding, who turned professional after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Indiana will likely look to Mike Majette, Cole Gest, Tyler Natee and freshman Morgan Ellison, among others, to compete for the bulk of the carries.

Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson went out of his way to call Patrick the most talented player in the program in 2015, when the former junior college transfer was forced to sit out due to academics.

Patrick earned offensive scout team player of the year honors that season before beginning the transition to running back early in 2016. He only made it so far as the first few weeks of spring practice when he tore his ACL.

The 6-foot-2, 228-pound athlete remarkably returned from the injury in approximately six months, making his regular season debut last season against Wake Forest on Sept. 24.

Indiana eased him back onto the field, playing him primarily at his natural position of wide receiver to lessen wear and tear on his knee. He appeared in 10 of the final 11 games, with a standout performance in a win at Rutgers last November.

On that afternoon, Patrick caught six passes for 154 yards and made a highlight-reel 40-yard touchdown reception that served as an example of the kind of athletic plays his teammates had raved about behind the scenes.

Patrick lined up in IU’s backfield in late November, rushing four times for 10 yards and a touchdown in a loss at No. 3 Michigan

“Ever since I’ve been here, he’s been hurt the entire time,” Allen said. “Sometimes you get weary of that process. As you get older and get near the end, I just think it makes it hard sometimes. I think he’s very frustrated by all of it. I hate it for him. Obviously, we were counting on him, but he’s just really had a series of injuries and hasn’t been able to overcome.”

Simmons, a middle linebacker, started 35 times during his IU career before taking a medical redshirt last fall. He finishes his career with 213 career tackles, including 122 solo stops.

Simmons will remain with the program as a student assistant.

“He’s excited,” Allen said. “He’s disappointed, but he knew, too. His knee’s never been right since I’ve been here. He’s just such a passionate kid and he loves Indiana. He loves football. He’s excited about his new role.”

6 comments

  1. I applaud T.A., C.P. and IU program for doing the right thing. This is typical IU fb. How many of the highly touted players as there are not any to spare over the years made limited, very little or no positive impact at all in terms of on the field playing and wins for the team. In several cases much time creating meaningless hype produced negative or almost 0 results on and even off the field. K.W. had a few higher touted recruits including a few 4 star recruits that cut their time short or did not even see the field at all after spending much time trying to make it happen. So typical for IU fb and these things has always stunted it’s growth.

  2. Not limited by a long shot to IUFB but CFB in general.
    To a certain extent TJ became a defensive dinosaur when Coach Allen got the DC job converting IU to his style of D. CP will not be missed as we really never had him much to enjoy gameday. Get their degrees and move on is the utmost in this decision. 2 scholarships are now added to recruiting needs.

  3. t – injuries are a constant in football regardless of program. This isn’t unique to IU football. It’s just that IU has so little depth, we feel it. Plus, you know, the fanbase and the constant Eeyore-ism that plagues our psyche.

  4. Was it Upton Sinclair who once wrote famously of IU Football…..?

    Postgame summary of IU vs. OSU for your examination. OSU guys are in lab coats.

  5. Yes, if a secret plague comes out of those carc ASS es and puts OSU to sleep and IU manages to pull off 4th quarter upset. Small even bet in Vegas would pay off handsomely. So goes the Hoosier fb. Just make sure it is a very very very small bet in case the secret plague doesn’t work.

  6. I swear some of you people makin comments babble on just to do it making absolutely no sense at all

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