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Steven Stamkos' indefinite timetable on meniscus tear? FSU knows all about that

Defensive end Josh Sweat had surgery to repair his in torn meniscus in September. He returned the next week.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

Defensive end Josh Sweat had surgery to repair his in torn meniscus in September. He returned the next week.

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When the Lightning announced Wednesday that star Steven Stamkos will be out indefinitely with a torn meniscus, Florida State fans had to be nodding their heads.

The Seminoles know all about unclear timelines because of that injury.

Defensive end Josh Sweat had surgery to repair his in September, just before the USF game. He returned the next week.

Safety Derwin James tore his before Sweat, in Week 2 against Charleston Southern. He, too, had surgery, but he hasn't played since and won't play until the bowl game (if that).

Coach Jimbo Fisher has talked repeatedly about James and the trouble with coming up with a clear timetable on the return from that injury.

"It's not like you can test it, like you can do a knee sometimes..." Dr. Fisher said earlier this month. "There's no gauges for cartilage on that. It's just the amount of time on it to heal and make sure it sews up. That's the issue."

The Lightning will now be dealing with a similar one.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:42am]

    

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