The Canadian Football League (CFL) has its fare share of bone-chilling injuries, and Saskatchewan Roughriders star quarterback Trevor Harris experienced one last July. Harris, who suffered a tibial plateau fracture, recently broke his silence, providing an update on his recovery that has his fans and teammates in the CFL optimistic.
Harris was injured during a match against the Calgary Stampeders on July 15, a night he vividly recalls as his foot planted and another player rolled onto his leg. It marked the first instance in his career where he couldn’t leave the field on his own. The fracture was severe enough to warrant immediate surgery, ending the night on a worrisome note.
However, weeks after the devastating incident, Harris describes his rehabilitation journey as one progressing better than expected. Not only has he returned to light jogging and underwater treadmill sessions, but he expects to be back on the field for practice within the next two weeks. Surgeon consultations in the coming weeks should give a clearer picture of his possible return.
While the progress of his physical recovery has been promising, it’s the mental fortitude he’s displayed that has been paramount. The star quarterback emphasizes taking the recovery one day at a time, not letting bad moments stretch into lingering negative thoughts, crediting his mental performance coach Dr. Chantale Lussier.
His presence is missed on the field, but he hasn’t entirely stepped back from his leadership role within the team. He’s been providing advice and sharing his insights with teammates, particularly quarterbacks Mason Fine and Jake Dolegala, who have been stepping up in his absence.
Saskatchewan Roughriders’ head coach Craig Dickenson appreciates Harris’s continued contribution. He remarked, “He brings a different level of professionalism to the team, a different level of work in a lot of these guys aren’t accustomed to seeing. Actions speak louder than words, and his actions are very loud.”
The timeline for Harris’s return to active playing is still unclear. However, hope remains high as the six games left in the regular season could see him making a reappearance. Until then, Harris continues his recovery journey, overcoming each new day while eagerly anticipating the day he can don his helmet again for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Harris’s recovery journey has not been his alone as his dog and brother-in-law have also suffered the similar tibial plateau fractures. Despite the arduous journey, Harris’s spirits remain high, serving as a testament to his resilience and dedication, further solidifying his position as a valued member of the CFL community.
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