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Edgewater RB John Altman out for season with broken ankle

Orlando Edgewater senior running back John Altman fractured his right ankle this past Friday night against Dr. Phillips and will miss the rest of the season.

The break requred surgery Saturday and Altman said he had two screws, a pin and a rod inserted into his fibula at the ankle where it was fractured. There was also ligament damage at the point where the fibula is attached to the talus (foot bone).

Altman was closing in on 400 yards rushing for the season and was injured early in the game Friday when a Dr. Phillips defender grabbed his ankle tomake a tackle and his ankle not caught up under the pile a tacklers.

The 5-foot-8, 175 pounder was not actively being recruited but said he will still try to find a place to play college football.

"Yeah, now I'm gonna focus on school work and see who comes through with a blessing," Altman said via text message Thursday.

It's a tough loss for Edgewater, which faces Oviedo tonight in a key Class 7A, District 3 matchup in College Park. Edgewater's only two victories this season were in district play and the Eagles (2-4, 2-0) sit atop the standings. Oviedo (5-1, 1-0) has played just one district game, a victory over Lake Howell.

Edgewater will now look to senior Peterson Joseph and touted freshman Joseph Clark to spearhead the running game.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@tribune.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.

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