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Syracuse football injuries piling up: Ishmael, Byrne sound questionable at best

Obviously not what we want to hear...

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The injury bug’s been a cruel reality of the last decade of Syracuse Orange football — or at least it feels like it’s been going for that long. This season has been no different than the rest, either, with SU losing Antwan Cordy, Juwan Dowels and Jason Emerich for the season, plus others for an extended period of time in the latter half of 2016.

Eric Dungey takes the headlines there, but the problem’s gone further in recent weeks too. Today, Coach Dino Babers addressed situations around wide receiver Steve Ishmael and center Colin Byrne.

As mentioned there, Ishmael got a bit banged-up vs. Clemson, then did not play at all vs. NC State. Byrne was hurt against the Wolfpack, and the line suffered for his departure. QB Zack Mahoney was under pressure for much of the latter half of the game. Those quotes from Babers don’t say either player is “doubtful” or “out,” but... you can probably draw some lines to “questionable” there.

It was also reported on Sunday that nose tackle Steven Clark is out for the remainder of the year.

Adding Omari Palmer and Devin Butler to this list of injuries, plus the recently returned Cordell Hudson (and others who’ve just gone missing like Wayne Morgan), you can see why Syracuse has struggled at points of 2016. These last couple games weren’t going to be easy to begin with. They certainly aren’t now with this many starters sidelined.


Maybe one year we’ll avoid this amount of catastrophic injury luck. Until then, just hope SU can find a way to record one more victory to end the year...