Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula



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Sun. August 31, 2014 | John C. Cotey | Email

Tampa Catholic's Nate Craig could miss season with broken fibula

Nate Craig, Tampa Catholic's 5-star wide receiver and an Auburn commitment, has a broken fibula, according to coach Mike Gregory.

Whether any of this season can be salvaged for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound recruit rated No. 1 in the 2016 class by Rivals remains to be seen.

Craig was injured on a rushing play Friday night in the Crusaders' season-opening 23-6 loss to Madison County. Gregory said after the game he thought the injury wasn't serious and was just a high ankle sprain, but tests Saturday confirmed a break.

Craig said on Twitter he had broken his fibula, and Gregory confirmed the injury via text. But while other tweets suggested Craig would miss the season with the injury, Gregory said it is possible he could return.

"We aren't sure. He is going to be evaluated this week. Fibula is broken but may be playable in a few weeks," Gregory texted late Saturday.

This is the second straight season Craig has suffered a leg injury. Last year at Pasco, Craig injured himself in a loss to South Sumter and was expected to miss a month, but returned after two weeks and caught a crucial touchdown pass against Zephyrhills to help the Pirates clinch a playoff berth.

Tampa Catholic's receiving corps have had two tough weeks, losing another starter, Bentlee Sanders, to a knee injury in the preseason classic loss to Sickles. Like Craig, Sanders could miss the rest of the season but is aiming for an earlier return.

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