There’s something you don’t see very often.
Following practice Thursday, Jimbo Fisher revealed that running back Mario Pender had been hospitalized since Tuesday after sustaining a collapsed lung during practice Tuesday. Pender was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night, although that has yet to be confirmed.
The Florida State head coach called the injury “a freak thing” that occurred on a seemingly innocuous hit.
“I mean, [the hit was] just a bump,” Fisher said. “It wasn’t even a hard shot, he was running backwards he made a cut and one of his lineman came back and hit it and he kept on going. Then he said he had trouble breathing and it was a collapsed lung.”
FSU is on a bye this weekend before traveling to Wake Forest Oct. 3. As Fisher estimated that Pender will be sidelined for 10-12 days, his availability for the Demon Deacons game is up in the air. Barring a setback, he should certainly be back for the big Oct. 10 showdown with Miami.
As Dalvin Cook‘s primary backup, Pender is second on the team with 140 yards and has the only rushing touchdown not scored by Cook. Jacques Patrick (three carries, 13 yards) is the only other halfback with a carry this season.