UT’s Fatinikun out for season; Robinson, Thomas questionable for Miami (OH)Written by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo head coach Tim Beckman announced on Monday that junior defensive end and Perrysburg graduate T.J. Fatinikun will miss the remainder of the season. Fatinikun dislocated his elbow in the first half of the Rockets’ 54-16 victory over Eastern Michigan on Oct. 8.
“He had a dislocated elbow,” Beckman said. “They had to go in and repair the tendons that were torn, and then he also had a bone chip that had to be surgically put back on, so T.J. will be out for the rest of the season.”
Despite missing the second half against the Eagles and not being able to play in UT’s 28-21 victory over arch-rival Bowling Green on Oct. 15, Fatinikun led Toledo with 7.5 tackles for loss this year. Junior cornerback Jermaine Robinson is questionable for the Rockets’ homecoming game against Miami (OH) this Saturday, also suffering a first half injury against Eastern Michigan.
“Jermaine is questionable, I guess you could say,” Beckman said. “Hopefully we can get him involved. He had the surgery last Monday. He had six screws put into his hand. Hopefully it’s all basically based on pain [and] on what he can do this week during practice to be successful.”
Senior running back Adonis Thomas is also questionable to return against the RedHawks. Thomas has been out since breaking his arm in week four at Syracuse.
“Adonis is in the same scenario,” Beckman said. “We want to see how he performs at practice. Both of those two guys were out at practice, but there’s a difference from practicing and just being out there watching practice. They were capable to run around and do those things but didn’t take any physical hits, so we want to see that happen before we put them out there on the football field.”
Senior cornerback Taikwon Paige said the team knew that Fatinikun would be out a couple days after the win over the Eagles.
“It’s like dominos,” Paige said of the injuries. “We don’t know what’s going to happen, so the backups or third string guys, everybody’s got to be ready to play.”