Like “high-ankle,” there’s a reason the adjective “dreaded” is normally attached to any discussion of a Lisfranc injury.
In BYU’s bowl game in late December last season, Travis Tuiloma sustained a foot injury. Eight months later and with the season opener against Arizona fast approaching on the horizon, the defensive lineman will not play in that game because of that lingering Lisfranc issue.
In fact, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, Tuiloma’s position coach, Steve Kaufusi, stated that the nose tackle “is probably a month away” from playing. That revelation came a day after first-year head coach Kalani Sitake officially proclaimed Tuiloma to be a game-day decision.
Should Tuiloma be sidelined for a full month, he’d miss the opener as well as games against Utah, UCLA, West Virginia and Toledo. An Oct. 8 date with Michigan State in East Lansing could be the target for a return.
Last season, Tuiloma started eight of the nine games he played. The 6-2, 301-pound senior was listed as the starting nose tackle ahead of the opener against Arizona.
Last month, Tuiloma was named to the Outland Trophy watch list.