The season-ending injury bug has bitten the Wisconsin Rapids football team one more time.
Junior quarterback Jayson Wiernik suffered a partial tear in is medial collateral ligament of his left knee early in the second half of the Raiders loss to Menasha last Friday. He will be sidelined 4-6 weeks, which could be the rest of the season for Wisconsin Rapids which is 1-4 overall.
Last year Wiernik missed the first three games of the season with an MCL injury on his right knee.
The injury is the second significant one for a Rapids player as fullback Ryan Duxbury was lost to an ACL injury sustained during the season opener. Duxbury had surgery to repair his knee today (Wednesday).
Wiernik’s injury this year happened on the first play of the second half.
“The defensive tackle came in on the snap and slid into my knee,” Wiernik said today at practice. “I knew from my experience last year what it probably was. It was the same type of sharp pain in my knee, but it wasn’t didn’t feel as bad as last year.”
With Wiernik on sideline, junior Jared Halbur takes over under center and senior Jeremy Statz is now the fullback. Halbur split time with Wiernik last year at quarterback.
“Jared knows the position from playing last year and the guys trust him like they do Jayson,” Rapids coach Tony Biolo said. “We’ve had some unfortunate things happen this season, but the kids are still upbeat and working hard to improve each day.”
Wiernik has been at every practice since his injury and goes to rehab three times a week.
“I want to be here and support the rest of the guys like Ryan has done,” Wiernik said. “I’ll do anything I can to help the guys who are on the field.
“In the meantime, I’ve been working at regaining the strength in my knee because it’s not very strong or stable right now,” Wiernik added.