A week that began with difficult injury news to digest will end on a positive note for Florida State.
Ahead of No. 2 FSU’s huge road tilt with No. 10 Louisville, the Seminoles’ injury report indicates that a pair of starting offensive linemen, left guard Kareem Are and right guard Wilson Bell, have been cleared to play in Saturday’s game. The former has been dealing with a concussion, the latter an ankle issue.
Are missed the first two games this season, while Bell was sidelined for the Charleston Southern game in Week 2.
In addition to the two linemen, fullback Freddie Stevenson, bothered by an ankle injury, has been cleared as well. Stevenson’s return appears to be a godsend to Jimbo Fisher.
“Freddie does so many things you don’t notice in the boxscore,” the head coach said. “When you don’t have him you there, I hate it.
Earlier this week, the Seminoles confirmed that star safety Derwin James had sustained torn cartilage in his knee and would be forced to undergo surgery. It’s expected James could return in as little as two weeks or as long as six.