Two college seniors will be forced to sit out at least part of the current football season schedule because of sports-related ankle injuries.
According to Arkansas Razorbacks coach John L. Smith, Kiero Small injured his foot during a non-contact drill at practice on Wednesday, September 5. Small underwent surgery to repair the damage the following day.
Smith declined to give details about Small’s injury or provide an estimate as to how long the senior would be out.
Small transferred from a junior college to the No. 8 Razorbacks before heading into his junior season. He spent a portion of this year’s preseason camp training as a backup linebacker. Small began the season strong and was lauded as one of the team’s most reliable blockers.
Farther south, another senior was suffering from a similar injury sustained in game play. Florida State’s Brandon Jenkins, a defensive end, will be forced to sit out the remainder of the season after suffering a left foot injury during the Seminoles' season opener against Murray State on September 1.
According to the university, Jenkins underwent an MRI on September 3. The test revealed that he had suffered a Lisfranc injury, which involves a broken bone or torn ligament in the midfoot area.
The injury occurred late in the second half of the game, and Jenkins was able to put weight on both feet as he walked to the locker room. The Seminoles went on to win the game, 69-3.
The preseason All-American player totaled 21.5 sacks in the last two seasons. He has not yet taken a redshirt season, so he could return to Florida State next year, or he could set his sights on the NFL draft.