It was rumored on Twitter last week that Ryan Kalil may not be ready to go for Organized Team Activities. Eight months ago Ryan Kalil suffered a broken bone in his foot at the hands of some lady named Liz Frank in the closely contested loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Who is this Liz Frank and why was Pete Carrol allowed to use this pit bull as a means to injure Pro Bowl Hog Mollies?
I decided to track down this diabolical she-devil and bring her to justice.
Update: So...it's spelled Lisfranc and it's not a lady at all. Who knew? Well, now that I'm slightly more informed on Lisfranc injuries maybe I can help shed a little light on to why our amateur psychic Ryan Kalil is still not able to go eight months after a bone fracture.
Per the ever-reliable Wikipedia, The Lisfranc injury is an injury of the foot in which one, or all, of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus. Lisfranc injuries are caused when excessive kinetic energy is applied either directly or indirectly to the midfoot. Basically, Kalil isn't simply dealing with a fractured bone rather he's dealing with a seperation of 1-5 bones from another. I came across some painful-looking pictures of this injury that I won't share, but I encourage a quick trip over to your preferred search engine if you are curious.
While the injury requires a longer recovery time than a simple bone fracture, it is not a career-ender. Dwight Freeney suffered this injury in 2007 as well as Matt Schaub in 2011. Last year alone Maurice Jones-Drew, Santonio Holmes and Cedric Benson along with Kalil fell victim to the vicious Ms. Frank, I mean Lisfranc.
The good news is the tweet also speculated that Kalil will be ready to go for training camp in Spartanburg. With Amini entering year two and Kugbila going into his first NFL training camp it will be crucial that the seasoned All-Pro is there to not only provide guidance but build the chemistry that an O-Line relies on for strength.