CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami defensive end Adewale Ojomo, whose jaw was reportedly broken in two places when a walk-on who had been on the team for about a week punched him in the locker room on Sunday, may miss the entire 2009 season.
Ojomo's jaw is expected to be wired shut for approximately five weeks, and it is expected that it would be several more weeks after that before he is ready to face the contact of football practice or a game.
In addition, Ojomo's eating will be limited over the next several weeks, which is expected to result in diminished strength and weight that could also take several weeks to recover from.
Details of the incident that led to Ojomo's injury have been sketchy due to the sensitive nature of the fight and the fact that Ojomo can't talk about it. The walk-on who hit Ojomo is so new to the team that several sources contacted by CaneSport could not even identify him by name. He is not listed on the official Miami roster.
For some reason, the walk-on reportedly had been trying to taunt Ojomo into wrestling matches for several days. Ojomo resisted until late last week when the two grappled for a brief time in locker room horseplay and were broken up. They reportedly shook hands later and the problem was believed to be over. Then the walk-on reportedly punched Ojomo again on Sunday and his jaw was broken in the process.
The loss of Ojomo, temporary or for the season, is a massive blow to the Hurricanes' defense, which was expecting him to blossom into an impact player in his third season. It will have repercussions up and down the defensive line, where a rash of injuries have struck the defensive end position. Five ends missed practice time on Tuesday.