Madison Hedgecock is quickly learning that hamstring injuries can be difficult to overcome.
The fullback thought he was on track to return to action after missing four weeks – “I was real close,” he said – but suffered a setback in practice on Wednesday. He did not work today.
“I thought I could try to come back and then I caught a pass and swung my leg around about two steps and I just felt like a pop in my leg, the same spot, so I knew exactly (what it was),” Hedgecock said today. “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I was done for that practice.”
And beyond. Although it’s unclear how much. Hamstrings are nagging injuries. Aaron Ross missed more than half of last season with a variety of hamstring issues. In fact, Hedgecock asked Ross about that yesterday.
“You can’t test this unless you do it in a live running situation,” Hedgecock said. “I was testing it for weeks, trying to rehab it. I felt like we were doing a good job with the rehab and it gives you this confidence to go out there and it happens again.
“It’s a tough one to come back from because you get false security,” Hedgecock added. “You feel like you’re better and you can get out there and run and then what happens? Setback. It’s frustrating. You don’t look like you’re hurt, but you are. Until you run full speed, you don’t know that you’re hurt.”
Hedgecock has not gotten a new MRI on the setback injury, but said he doesn’t think it’s as painful as the initial one. He’s hoping that means it won’t take as long to recover from it.
“Both of them are equally as bad to me because I’m not practicing,” he said. “Not playing, not practicing.”