When it comes to injuries, perhaps the best way to err is on the side of caution.
On Wednesday, Lebanon native Jared Odrick broke a bone in his left foot while participating in practice with his NFL team, the Miami Dolphins. Odrick, Miami’s number-one draft pick, had missed the last four Dolphin games with a hairline fracture of his right tibia.
It is believed surgery will be required on Odrick’s left foot and that he could miss the rest of his rookie season. Odrick had reportedly told Miami officials that his right foot did not feel 100 percent before being asked to participate in Thurday’s preparation for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After two weeks of rehabilitation on his right foot, Odrick rejoined his teammates at practice for the first time on Oct. 11. But the former Penn State star was inactive for Sunday’s Miami at Green Bay contest.
Odrick, 6-5 and 304 pounds, started all four preseason games for Miami and was the Dolphins’ starting defensive end for the season opener at Buffalo on Sept. 12. But Odrick left that game in the third quarter with a broken bone in his right foot, after registering one tackle.
At that time, Odrick was not initially sure how the original injury occurred.
In his senior season at Penn State, Odrick was named the Big Ten Conference’s defensive player of the year. In April, the Dolphins made him their number-one draft pick – the 28th player selected overall.