Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles had a big scare at practice this Tuesday when junior running back Mario Pender suffered a collapsed lung. According to Jimbo Fisher the injury was a freak accident after Mario Pender nudged into teammate during practice.
Pender continued to practice after the incident but eventually had to be taken to the hospital because he had difficulty breathing.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher went to the hospital on Wednesday to visit Mario Pender and had this to say on what happened,
“Mario had a collapsed lung the other day in practice. Just ran into one of the back of one of his own guys. He’s doing well and should be out of the hospital Thursday. There is a possibility, they say he could play in 10-12 days, but I don’t know.”
Luckily for the Seminoles, Pender will be able to step on the field and play again this season. The team has a bye week before taking on Wake Forest on October 3rd. Mario Pender should be back for a big time grudge match against rivals Miami.
Pender is having a decent year as the backup running back, he currently has 140 yards and touchdown on 30 carries. Pender makes a pretty good one-two punch with Dalvin Cook, who has a chest injury from last week’s game against Boston College. Cook is expected to be back to full health soon since he’s recovering well.
If Florida State is to contend for one of the four playoff spots then they will need both of their running backs to be 100% healthy. Their schedule gets a lot tougher and they will have to take on ranked teams like Georgia Tech and Clemson.