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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Kyle Flood, Rutgers to look into team's string of injuries in 2013

Rutgers' Kyle Flood said Monday that the program will conduct a study investigating the source of the team's injuries in 2013 and how to prevent them, typical for most schools. (For The Trentonian/ JOHN BLAINE)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood felt the injury bug in 2013 as much as his players and said Monday the program will likely conduct an offseason study to evaluate its injuries.

The study, Flood said, aims to detect frequency of injuries, when they occurred and how many games players lost because of them. The Scarlet Knights' staff will then compare the data to previous seasons.

"Some things aren't as preventable," Flood said during his end-of-season teleconference. "I can tell you we probably had more ankle sprains this year than I can remember. We'll go back and look at the numbers to see if that's completely accurate."

Gary Nova will not open spring practice as Rutgers' starter

Below is an unofficial list of letter-winning players who missed games this season because of injury (injury in parentheses)*: 

Johnathan Aiken, one game (ankle)
Taj Alexander, one game (N/A)
Betim Bujari, four games (ankle, upper body)
Paul Carrezola, two games (lower body)
Leonte Carroo, two games (upper body)
Andre Civil, four games (elbow)
Darius Hamilton, one game (shoulder)
Max Issaka, nine games (shoulder)
Davon Jacobs, one game (N/A)
Paul James, four games (lower leg)
Tejay Johnson, one game (upper body)
Kenneth Kirksey, 10 games (triceps)
LJ Liston, one game (ankle)
Jamal Merrell, three games (kidney)
Jamil Merrell, two games (foot)
Delon Stephenson, one game (ankle)
Lew Toler, seven games (arm)
Lorenzo Waters, one game (ankle)

*Jamil Merrell, who entered 2013 with 18 career starts, did not start once this season after a training camp injury. Gary Nova suffered a first-quarter concussion but returned the next week.

Flood said several players have undergone offseason surgeries, which is not uncommon. He will provide an injury report as spring practice nears.

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