Buffalo punter Evan Finegan suffered a devastating injury on Saturday during the Bulls' game against Penn State. His leg got caught up with Journey Brown while attempting to punt the ball away. Finegan immediately needed medical attention and was carted off the field. He was later brought to Mount Nittany Hospital and underwent surgery to repair his broken tibia and fibula.
Punters are quickly put in the most dangerous position on a football field when they have a defender coming at them at full-speed. There's not much they can do to protect themselves and their legs, and in this case, Finegan just had nowhere to go.
Though it was a brutal injury, Finegan thankfully seems to be in good spirits. During his time at the hospital, he's been visited by family members, as well as James Franklin and his family, Blake Gillikin, Jordan Stout, and Vlad Hilling.
The surgery was successful, and the doctors reportedly expect him to make a full recovery. As of Tuesday, Finegan has been discharged from Mount Nittany and is on his way back to western New York.
We wish Evan all the best with his recovery and rehab and hope to see him back at 100% soon.
I have been overwhelmed with the amount of love and support from family, friends, and college football fans all across the country! Your texts have been keeping me positive and encouraged.— Evan Finegan (@efinegan40) September 8, 2019
Please keep @efinegan40 in your thoughts and prayers today and continue to do so throughout his recovery. God has a plan for you brother, turn this into an unbelievable comeback!— Blake Gillikin (@blakegillikin) September 8, 2019
Discharged from the hospital today!Excited to get back to Buffalo and see my guys! I am fortunate to be in such great hands not only at UB but also here at PSU. Thank you to the thousands of people that sent messages over the last few days. God is good! pic.twitter.com/9sKbZ3G0h9— Evan Finegan (@efinegan40) September 10, 2019