Northern Illinois offensive tackle Tyler Loos had his promising preseason cut short Wednesday when the Sterling product tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Loos’ father, Breck, witnessed the injury, which occurred late in the Huskies’ morning practice.
“There were about three plays left,” Breck Loos told Shaw Media on Wednesday evening. “It wasn’t a vicious play or anything; his foot just got stuck in the ground, and his knee bent the wrong way.”
Breck Loos said Tyler underwent an MRI test Wednesday that diagnosed the ligament tear, and that father and son will meet with the NIU coaches today to discuss Tyler’s options.
Athletes who suffer an ACL tear typically are unable to compete for 9-12 months after the injury. Loos, who sat out last season as a redshirt, will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2012 season, unless he applies for a medical exemption redshirt.
“We feel really hurt for our son,” Breck Loos said. “Tyler has worked really hard, and for a guy who just turned 19 on July 24, he was really holding his own against fifth-year seniors and fourth-year juniors. Just watching him [Wednesday], I was so impressed.”
Progar and Baxter switch: After Wednesday afternoon’s practice, junior defensive end Sean Progar said something for the first time as a Huskie.
“Hey 95, they (the media) need you,” Progar said.
Rest assured, there is nothing wrong with Progar, who wears No. 95. He was speaking to Alan Baxter, NIU’s other starting defensive end.
Before NIU’s second practice, Baxter’s jersey was too dirty to wear. Progar, gave the junior his shirt. He was stuck wearing Baxter’s No. 90, only it must have been a backup because it looked more like an eighth-grade uniform.
“Whatever I’ve got to do to help a teammate out,” Progar explained.
Injuries: Sophomore middle linebacker Cameron Stingily had a walking boot on his right foot Wednesday, and fellow sophomore defensive end Stephen O’Neal continued to stand on the sidelines.
Coach Dave Doeren said Stingily’s injury is simply a “tweaked” ankle, and he should return soon. O’Neal had his shoulder “repaired” last season, and he’s doubtful for the Sept. 3 season opener against Army.
“They’re saying we’ll have (O’Neal) second or third game,” Doeren said. “He’s full-go with everything, just hasn’t really been involved in contact quite yet. But he’s close.”
Starting middle linebacker Pat Schiller was limited Wednesday afternoon because he had muscle spasms after the morning practice. Doeren said Schiller will return to practice Thursday.