Injured Stamps lineman expects full recovery
By Ian Busby, QMI Agency
|J'Michael Deane, left, and DeVone Claybrooks chat during a Calgary Stampeders practice in Calgary on July 26, 2011. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency Files)
Over the next two months, J’Micheal Deane plans on viewing everything Netflix has to offer.
Just don’t expect the Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman to watch the play that put him on couch over and over again.
He saw it a few times Oct. 14 after getting out of hospital and doesn’t need to see it again.
“It looked terrible watching it over and over. I wanted to see what happened,” said the CFL rookie, who suffered a season-ending broken leg in a loss to the Toronto Argonauts.
“After a while, I just thought, ‘Well, that sucks.’ Seeing it over and over, it just looks terrible. I’m over it now. I’m moving on.”
Anyone who witnessed Deane’s injury had to be shaken. On a Drew Tate rushing attempt, Deane was working as a tight end, and he rolled out to throw a block that helped Tate get a first down.
At the end of the play, Tate and a defender rolled on the back of Deane’s legs. When they unpiled, the Michigan State product’s right foot was pointing sideways.
He suffered a broken fibula and ligament damage to the inside of his ankle. After surgery last Monday to insert a plate and set the bone, Deane was put in a walking boot, but the 320-lb. man is getting around on crutches.
“The first couple of days were, I wouldn’t say excruciating, but it was annoying,” Deane said about the pain. “Trying to do little things were tough. I tried to make a sandwich the other day. It was 15 minutes doing a five-minute process.
“My family — sister, brother and dad — they’ve all been helpful, making me quick meals I can throw in the microwave.
“I’m standing there eating in the kitchen. Then I go back and lie down to get my leg up.”
When the Stampeders drafted Deane in the third round of the 2010 draft, they thought it was a steal.
The thought was the Hinton, Alta., native could develop into a force as an offensive lineman. This season, with a need at defensive tackle, Deane stepped into that role and performed well until injuries on the offensive line called him back.
The hope is this injury doesn’t derail a promising career for the 25-year-old.
If everything goes as planned in the rehab process, Deane could be ready for next season.
“We haven’t been talking about training camp,” Deane said. “I’m really just have the healing process to go through.
“I’ve seen people come back from injuries like this, time and time again. It never held them back or anything. It’s really just keeping up with the process of getting better.”