Jeff Kolpack, Published November 09 2010
Bison football: Jensen is now healed, Broken clavicle ‘completely’ wellBrock Jensen and Jennifer Lopez are Division I athletes with some speed. Evidently, they’re also fast healers.
Both were ruled out for the season in their respective sports after suffering injuries several weeks ago – Jensen a broken collarbone at Youngstown State and Lopez a lacerated liver against South Dakota State. But Lopez surprised almost everybody when she played over the weekend and Bison head coach Craig Bohl dropped a bombshell on Monday saying Jensen is “completely healed.”
“Completely,” he said. “Those guys from Wisconsin drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of cheese.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean Jensen, from Waupaca, Wis., will be ready to play Saturday when the Bison host SDSU at the Fargodome. Jensen, the starter before going down, still has to show he has strength in his right arm.
“Some people heal faster and some bones heal faster,” said Scott Woken, NDSU’s director of sports medicine. “X-rays don’t lie.”
And neither did Lopez’s scan, which showed no damage to her liver. The initial prognosis was for her to begin activity in eight to 12 weeks and it was thought any intense workouts were a long way off.
Her entrance into the SDSU match on Saturday was about six weeks and a few days away from her injury.
“Physically, she looks strong and looks like she hasn’t been out half the season,” said NDSU interim head coach Kari Thompson.
As for Jensen, it was just a week ago when Bohl was asked about the health of Jensen. “He’s out, out until spring,” Bohl said.
On Monday, Bohl said that was true at the time, but then he saw Jensen throwing a football later in the week in shorts and a T-shirt without a hint of an injury.
He’s missed the last three games with NDSU going 2-1 in those. But quarterback Jose Mohler has also struggled holding on the ball fumbling five times.
“That’s been a challenge,” Bohl said. “We have to do a lot better job securing the football and I’ll leave it at that.”
The Bison, meanwhile, remained at No. 20 Monday in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll. With two games left, NDSU remains in the hunt for a playoff spot.
NDSU finishes at Missouri State in two weeks and Bohl said cornerback Brendin Pierre, out with a broken arm, could return.
Pierre, by the way, was once ruled out for the season.
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