Virginia Tech’s promising young cornerback, Brandon Facyson, has seen his spring practice schedule come to an abrupt end. According to the official Twitter account of the Hokies, Facyson suffered a left tibia stress reaction in practice Friday. The injury will sideline him for the remainder of the spring, but he is expected to be back with the team in time for summer workouts.
Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Facyson will be placed in a boot as a precaution. A tibial stress fracture can be one of the most serious running injuries, but the degrees of the injuries vary. A stress reaction is considered one of the less severe forms of the injury, so that should be good news for Facyson, but it can lead to a fracture if not treated. Regardless, taking time off now to treat the injury is the best move. As with most shin or tibia injuries, continuing to run or put stress on the tibia can lead to more sever injuries that could require a longer period of time to heal.
Facyson got some playing time last season in Virginia Tech’s secondary and he performed well. The early playing experience also gave him a leg up on the competition going in to the upcoming season. He was expected to be a starter, but as Bitter reports the Hokies will now have to see just what kind of depth the team has in the defensive backfield. In Facyson’s absence, Der’Woun Greene is expected to see time with the first team defense, according to Bitter.