Significant injuries hurt regardless of when they occur, but it just seems like the ones sustained during practice tend to hurt just a wee bit more.
The latest to feel such pain is Landon Dickerson, the Florida State offensive lineman who Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee. Dickerson suffered the injury during practice this past Tuesday as FSU continued preparations for the Week 10 game against North Carolina State.
“[Dickerson] just bumped pulling around on a guy,” the head coach said in quotes distributed by the team. “If you saw it, you wouldn’t think it was anything, just a freak thing. It’s a shame because he was coming on, playing good.”
So well, in fact, that the true freshman has started the last seven games at right guard for the Seminoles.
With Dickerson sidelined, Fisher will turn to Wilson Bell to fill the void. The redshirt junior has started 14 games in his career, including the season opener this year before losing the job to the man he’s replacing.
Derrick Kelly will slide into the role of Bell’s backup.
“They’ve played well,” Fisher said of the two lineman that will now be asked to step up in Dickerson’s absence. “Stayed [working] hard, took all the reps, played well. It’s a good thing to have some experience.”
Dickerson’s injury is the second significant one acknowledged by the program since the loss to Clemson.
Earlier in the week, Fisher confirmed that wide receiver Bobo Wilson will “most likely” miss an extended period of time because of a foot injury. Wilson is currently second on the team in receptions.