BC report: Injury bug hitting Eagles

Stuff happens.

Sometimes its good stuff. Sometimes it has an odor to it.

Boston College has been in pads for less than a week and already the Eagles have taken two injury blows to key people.

Tight end Chris Pantale broke a bone in his right foot last week, had surgery on Monday and will be sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks.

On Monday cornerback Al Louis-Jean suffered a foot injury, breaking bones, which will sideline him at least two months–perhaps longer, which then means a medical redshirt is very probable.

“With Al, it’s more a depth problem,” conceded BC coach Frank Spaziani between sessions on Tuesday “We can move people around. Right now its C.J. Jones (moving into the starting slot at CB), but he is coming off a knee injury that knocked him out for the season after only two games last year. “C.J. still has some issues with his knee, so I’m not sure,” said Spaziani. “Losing Chris will be tougher to deal with.”

It didn’t help at all when a potential replacement for Pantale, freshman tight end Mike Giacone suffered a mild concussion last week. He is just returning to practice this week and has fallen behind.

“You have to deal with it,’ said Spaziani, who said the good news thus far was that the Eagles were coming off three of their best practices in months. “The thing about it is that we’re deeper than we have ever been and I’m telling you we have some GOOD freshmen. They are going to play and play now.”

No coach really wants to use true freshmen in a full time situation. Circumstances change what you can do.

Spaziani knows he must win this year, with this team, using everyone available. The margin of error is almost non-existent.

Nor is he using excuses.  “Stuff happens, injuries happen,” said Spaz. “It’s part of football.”


Eagles will have their second scrimmage of training camp on Wednesday night.

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