Schiano: Knee Surgery For “Elite” CasillasDecember 2nd, 2013
Greg Schiano told a hell of a story tonight on WDAE-AM 620 about the knee injury Sunday that claimed linebacker Jonathan Casillas’ season. Casillas needs surgery and is headed to injured reserve.
Schiano painted a picture of a warrior-like Casillas, who played on the knee after injuring it without telling the coaching staff.
Schiano also detailed how big a loss Casillas will be.
“He’s locked up with a guy and [the knee] gets twisted, and that’s the way that kind of knee injury usually occurs. And he kept playing on it. Jon is one of the tougher guys that I’ve been around,” Schiano said. “And he kept playing on it and then finally, you know, I didn’t know that it happened. He just came to me and said, ‘I can’t run anymore. And I didn’t even know anything had happened. That’s the kind of guy he is. I said,’Ok, go see the trainer.’
“It’s unfortunate because he not only is playing very well, about midseason there he claimed the starting [strongside] linebacker job, but also has been an elite player on special teams. I’m talking about elite in the whole league, not just on our team. So it’s a big loss. But as we’ve said all along this season, the next guy’s got to come in and if it’s your job, do the job.”
Joe’s a big Casillas fan. He’s a candid, well-spoken guy. And Joe likes how hard he plays. There’s that little extra bite in Casillas’ game that you see on great defenses.
He’ll be missed. Schiano didn’t offer specifics on Casillas’ injury or pending surgery.