Washington coach Steve Sarkisian provided an optimistic prediction Wednesday for receiver Kasen Williams, who Tuesday underwent surgery to repair a broken fibula and injured ligament in his left foot.
After practice, Sarkisian told reporters that Williams’ procedure went well, and that he will miss “roughly” two to four months, which barring a trip to the Rose Bowl and a miracle rehabilitation, would sideline him for the rest of the 2013 season.
Williams, a junior, led the Huskies in receptions (78) and receiving yards (878) last year as a sophomore. Before Cal defensive back Kameron Jackson landed on his ankle early in the second quarter Saturday, Williams in 2013 had 29 catches for 421 yards and a touchdown
During UW’s 41-17 win, KJR reported that Williams had sustained a Lisfranc injury, which, if true, could sideline him for much longer than Sarkisian’s estimate. The UW coach said Wednesday a more concrete projection for a return should become less ambiguous in the coming weeks.
Which begs the question: What is a Lisfranc injury?
Discovered by a surgeon in Napoleon’s army — his full name was awesome: Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin — the injury, which involves a tear of ligaments in the mid-foot area, was coined when riders in the French Foreign Legion fell from their horses with feet caught in stirrups. At the time, such a tumble caused irreparable foot damage.
In football, it occurs when a toe is caught in turf when an opponent falls onto a player’s heel. Full recovery can take up to a year, though it has ended more than a few NFL careers.
However, the modern-day surgery is much less severe than it was more than 200 years ago.
The treatment for a destabilized Lisfranc injury in the 18th century?