The third time around, Mizzou lineman knows how to rehab
By Peter Marek
Elvis Fisher, a sixth-year senior offensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers football team, was forced to sit out for the entirety of the 2011 season with a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee. During the second quarter in Missouri’s SEC opener against the Georgia Bulldogs, Fisher sprained the MCL in his right knee. “It’s serious, but not as serious as I thought it was going to be,” said Fisher.
At Monday’s weekly media day coach Gary Pinkel announced that Fisher’s MCL injury will keep him off the field indefinitely. “The good news is he can get back, it’s a sprained ligament, it just takes time,” Pinkel said.
After having an MRI and learning that he did not need surgery but instead several weeks of rehab, Fisher felt a big relief. “Shoot, sign me up for that. I’ll take that any day of the week.”
“I’m just going to be doing rehab three times a day, just like I used to be doing and I’ll get back out there as soon as I can,” Fisher said.
Fisher not only brings talent to the offensive line, but also a lot of experience. He has been big role model for the younger players to look up to. “Elvis rubs off a ton on us, he’s the lead wolf in the pack,” said Brad McNulty, a fellow offensive linemen and Fisher’s roommate.
With out Fisher in the depth chart, the Tigers top 10 offensive linemen includes two upperclassmen, and both are only juniors.
All of the offensive linemen are trained to play each position on the line just in case of injuries. With Fisher out there were adjustments in positions. Mitch Morse moved from center into Fisher’s position and McNulty, a redshirt freshman, came off the bench to play center. “We take very great pride in being tough, and I think we’ve proven that so far. We just have to be versatile and role with the punches,” McNulty said.
Justin Britt , a redshirt junior, will be taking over the left tackle position during Fisher’s absence.
Until Fisher is healthy enough to return to the field, he will do everything he can to help his teammates best protect their offense. “I’ll be out there helping out with the line, working on technique and helping out where ever I can,” said Fisher.