There must be something in the water in Boulder, Colorado. Either that or one of their players just has some of the worst luck ever. That player is Buffalo defensive lineman Tyler Henington and he will be missing his second straight season as a player for the Colorado Buffaloes.
The reason? Well, it’s an injury but it had more to do with a pothole in the street than the football field.
According to College Football Talk, Henington, who missed the 2014 season after tearing ligaments in his knee during summer camp, will now miss the 2015 season due to another leg injury. Only this time, the injury didn’t happen anywhere near the Buffaloes’ practice facility.
From the Boulder Daily Camera:
Coach Mike MacIntyre said Henington was walking home from getting a sushi dinner with fellow Buff John Tuso last week when they stopped to talk on the sidewalk. At one point Henington shifted his weight, lost his balance and stepped in a hole, breaking his ankle and fibula.
Obviously, the entire Colorado football family is upset at this bizarre situation. Nobody is more upset than Henington and MacIntyre’s statement proved that.
“As soon as I walk in the door he just starts bawling,” MacIntyre said of his initial visit to Henington’s hospital room last week. “I’ve never had that happen where a young man comes back from a season-ending injury, works all the way, we’re five days away before we start and he gets hurt off the field. Now I’ve had guys get hurt on the field after that, but never before. Tyler is a great young man and he will recover from this and be back next year but it’s tough for him.”
Henington came to Boulder as a part of the 2012 recruiting class and played in twenty-three games during his first two seasons, starting two of those at defensive end. Before the injury last summer, Henington was listed as the team’s starting defensive end and without a doubt would have started this season.
Henington has a great case to make to the NCAA about getting a sixth year of eligibility. If and when that does happen, Henington will have two years of eligibility left starting in 2016.
Campus Sports would like to wish Henington the best of luck in his recovery. We hope to see you on the field soon!
*Featured Photo (above) credit to The Denver Post