By Dan Bies ‘18
Injuries can be a stab in the heart for some teams and occur when you least expect them. This football season the Brother Rice Crusaders have had injuries to players, some worse than others.
At the beginning of the season, Ryan Smith was held out for an injury to his pectoral muscle. This injury held him out a full week of practice. Ryan’s being out of play was a big loss of chemistry among the defense.
Iben King, a crucial part to the Crusader defense, has just come back after an ACL tear last season. During practices, he has to wear a brace, but hopefully it will not slow down his play.
The heart of the Crusader defense, Brian Olsen, had a problem with a groin muscle for the past week and a half. It didn’t seem to slow him down as he had a big game versus Marist. Brian was flying around the field and looked really quick and really good. “I wasn’t worried,” Brian said about the injury in his play.
Brother Rice offensive star Ricky Smalling had an issue with his hamstring late in the week versus Marist and was held out of practice Friday. Coach Badke brought in Dr. Nelson, a special coach to help keep players loose before a game. He made sure that Ricky would be ready to play and would have no issue with his hamstring. Smalling finished the game against Marist with two beautiful touchdowns.