The unfortunate side effect of spring practice is that someone, somehow, is going to get injured along the way. For Syracuse, it's been a battle for a few seasons. And this year it hasn't been too different.
The Orange lost TE Carl Cutler to a torn ACL, nose tackle Ollie Haney to a labral tear and now right tackle Sean Hickey to a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
An MRI on Wednesday revealed the tear, according to a release from the football office. The injury will not require surgery, but as a result of the rehabilitation process Hickey will not return for the rest of spring practice.
Hickey is listed as a sophomore on the SU roster, but he did not play in any games last season and has all four years of eligibility remaining.
Hickey is a back-up so it's not a crushing loss but I don't need to tell you how important O-line depth is. Plus, Marrone has been excited about Hickey so far this spring.
The good news is that the offensive line is in a good place. So says offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
"The offensive line has done some great things. Obviously they’re somewhat of a veteran group," he said. "And that’s the most exciting thing, because we’re really going to be able to run the ball this year, which is good."