Spring practice can really be a pain when the injuries begin to pile up. According to Keith Arnold of NBC Sports, running back Amir Carlisle appears to have suffered a broken collarbone.
According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Carlisle is only expected to miss four weeks.
Injuries are never pleasant to hear about, but are even worse when they happen to a player that was supposed to make a significant impact in the upcoming season.
Carlisle was a USC transfer who had missed all of last year with an ankle injury. He took a redshirt and recovered nicely during the offseason. He has since been thrown into the running back mix and was expected to play a key role on the offensive side of the ball.
Known for his incredible vision of the field, quickness in and out of his cuts and his ability to hit the homerun, Carlisle was going to provide a spark for an offense that struggled last year.
What makes this injury even that much more disappointing is that head coach Brian Kelly was just talking about the progress Carlisle has made this spring, according to Lou Somogyi of 247Sports.
“He’s going to be an exciting player,” Kelly said. “Everybody noticed No. 3. He’s going to be a guy that definitely impacts the program.”
His versatility and speed were certainly going to make a difference for this offense. Hopefully he is able to make a speedy recovery and return by the time fall camp rolls around. However, with his injury history starting to take its toll, you are forced to wonder if he is just one of those players that can never seem to avoid getting hurt.
According to the report, defensive lineman Chase Hounshell is also injured, and it is expected to be another shoulder injury. Much like Carlisle, Hounshell has had trouble avoiding the injury bug throughout his career, but he has added on weight and was expected to add depth to the defensive line.
Hopefully both can recover quickly and be ready to contribute come September.