Q&A with Nick Foles: Injured knee is ‘way ahead of schedule’by Anthony Gimino on Oct. 25, 2010, under Nick Foles
Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles returned to practice Monday after sitting out all of last week because of a knee injury suffered Oct. 16 at Washington State.
Earlier in the day, coach Mike Stoops said Foles was “questionable” for Saturday’s game at UCLA. The quarterback echoed that sentiment saying he was “day-to-day” … but whether he plays this week or not, it appears a major crisis has been avoided.
Foles feared the worst that night in Pullman as he immediately clutched at his right knee after Washington State’s Travis Long rolled into his leg.
The on-field diagnosis from team doctors was that he would be out 3 to 6 weeks, but it looks as if Foles will beat that, or at least be on the low end of that timetable.
Foles met with the media Monday night after practice — that in itself was a good sign because Stoops does not make injured players available to the media — and below is a transcript of most of what he said.
(Also look for Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star to have more details about Foles’ few days of rehab when he went home to Austin, Texas, last week).
How are you feeling?
“Just trying to get this knee better. It feels good. It’s progressing every day. It’s a day-to-day thing. That’s how we’re judging it. Just going into rehab every day a couple of times and doing what I can to get it better.”
You were the one actually sitting, watching, from the sideline. What are your thoughts on that?
“It was a lot different. But I couldn’t be more excited just to see a team go in there and execute and play with a tempo and just move the ball up and down the field on them. It showed a lot about our team and the character of the team. It was exciting to see.”
Where do you think you’re at right now?
“It feels good. Way ahead of schedule. It’s a process. I don’t want to rush it. I have to make sure it’s healthy, but it’s definitely on the right track.”
Should you be able to play pretty soon?
“I hope so. That’s what I want to do. I want to be able to be healthy and play really soon. It’s just going to take time to get it healed.”
How scary was it when it happened?
“It was pretty scary. I mean, I have never had a knee injury. Just to look down at my leg and see the shape it was in, I thought the worst. I definitely thought it could be over for this year and I was very fortunate that it was a dislocated kneecap and popped it back in place with really not that much damage. I’m very fortunate and very thankful.”
Did it just pop out and go to one side of your leg?
“Yeah, the right kneecap popped out and went to the right side of my leg. It was pretty gross looking. It almost looked like a broken leg in a way. I really couldn’t feel anything. It was more like the thought of not playing just sort of scared me.”
How does the process go? Do you tell them you’re ready to go?
“Coach makes the best decision for the team with what quarterback he thinks is going to execute the plays and be effective in the game. We have to do what’s best for the team. He will make that decision when the time comes. It’s up to him.”
What’s the rehab like? What do you do for that?
“Rehab is just a lot of balancing and strengthening exercises. Just running in the water treadmill and doing some stuff on the ground, just lightweight stuff, trying to get the leg strength back. The big thing is probably balancing, getting the little muscles firing in there.”
How antsy did you get watching the game from the sideline?
“It’s tough. I always want to be in there, but it was really exciting to see the guys make plays and play as well as they did.”
What did you tell Matt during the game?
“I really didn’t have to say anything. He was playing out of his mind. I didn’t want to go to him and jinx him. I kept telling him a couple of things I saw and to keep doing what he was doing. He played amazing.”