One week after a painful dislocation of his left elbow, Chandler Cox is doing much better. In fact, he’s headed to the Bahamas on Saturday.
“I’m doing a lot better now,” said the Apopka fullback early Friday evening, almost exactly a week, to the hour, after suffering the injury in the Darters’ 46-13 spring win over Winter Haven.
In was a bit of a freak accident as football injuries go. Injuries of this nature would usually involve a bit more contact, but Cox, lined up in his fullback position, took a direct snap from center and simply lost his footing as he moved toward the line of scrimmage. Upon bracing himself for the fall with his left hand, the impact forced the dislocation of his elbow.
“I felt it right as I landed on it. Something wasn’t right,” Cox said. “It was a lot of pain but it was more me just being kind of shocked because nothing ever happened to me like that before. ... I’ve never left the game like that, never to the point that I wasn’t able to finish.”
He’s played hurt before. Cox broke a rib during the Blue Darters Class 8A state semifinal victory over Dr. Phillips last season, but finished that game, and also played in the state championship game the following week with his midsection heavily taped.
“I don’t know if could play through a dislocated elbow,” Cox laughed.
Cox, one of the top prospects in the state for the Class of 2015, was in good spirits Friday and getting ready for Apopka’s team mission trip to the Bahamas, which begins Saturday and runs through next Friday. Cox is currently wearing a sling to support his arm.
“I don’t have it wrapped up or anything,” he said. “The doctor wants me to start using it a little bit so it’s just in the sling.
“I’ve started doing a few stretches to get my flexibility back. It doesn’t feel like it just happened last week. It feels more like it happened a couple of weeks ago, so that’s a good thing.”
He said his elbow looks like it’s back to normal, “just a little swollen.”
He’ll start physical therapy in a few weeks and his prognosis is to be able to get back to regular football contact in 6 to 8 weeks, which would be right in time for August football camp.
“I’m just very blessed there were no broken bones or anything like that,” Cox said.
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