San Diego State linebacker Jake Fely has had a long road during his college football career. Earlier this summer, the senior earned a sixth year of eligibility after two injuries cut two separate seasons of his short.
In 2010, Fely suffered a lacerated liver as a true freshman which cost him all but three games and he was allowed to use his first medical hardship waiver. He missed the rest of the 2013 season after breaking his foot in the fourth game of the season.
Now, according to College Football Talk, Fely will likely be missing some more playing time due to an off-field injury. Earlier this week, Fely rear-ended a car that stopped suddenly in front of him. Despite the airbag deploying, Fely’s head hit the windshield.
Fely has since been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and he will be forced to miss Saturday’s game against South Alabama and possibly next week’s game at Penn State. There is no clear timetable for his return, but the Aztecs hope to have Fely back for the team’s Mountain West opener against Fresno State.
Fely is the starting middle linebacker for the Aztecs and JUCO transfer Austin Wyatt-Thayer will likely move up into the starting role this week.
Campus Sports would to wish Fely a quick and full recovery.
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