Chris Casher could redshirt after injury

September, 24, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The redshirt roller coaster for defensive end Chris Casher took another turn in pregame warmups Saturday, and Jimbo Fisher said the freshman is now likely to miss the season because of a knee injury.

Casher tweaked the knee during warmups, Fisher said, and he spent the rest of the game on the sideline on crutches. Fisher indicated the injury is related to cartilage damage from an issue Casher had in high school, but it's likely that surgery will be required to fix the problem.

"They've got to look at it, but they think it's an old one where the cartilage will sometimes lay right and then all of a sudden you'll tweak it and it'll flip up and catch," Fisher said. "In warmup, he just twisted his knee. They think it's an old injury from high school he just played through."

Casher performed well in fall camp, but he and fellow freshman defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. were slated to redshirt when the season began. Then defensive end Brandon Jenkins went down with a season-ending foot injury, and Fisher pulled the redshirts for both freshmen.

He qualifies for a medical redshirt despite appearing in two games this season. In his limited work, Casher made just one tackle.

More injury updates: Defensive end Bjoern Werner suffered a minor hand injury against Clemson, but it didn't affect his playing time.

"He jammed one of those knuckles or dislocated a joint," Fisher said.

Werner had the fingers taped after the game, but he also played a season-high in snaps. With the injuries to Casher and Jenkins, FSU is thin at defensive end, but Fisher said Werner's increased playing time was at the player's request, not because of roster limitations.

Wide receiver Jarred Haggins missed Saturday's game, but he's expected to be back for Monday's walk throughs, Fisher said.

Beyond that, Fisher said his team came through the game relatively healthy.

"Typical bangs and bruises of a very physical, exhausting game," he said.

Still, Fisher decided not to have the team practice Monday afternoon, choosing instead to hold meetings and do walk-throughs without any extensive workouts.

While the physicality of Saturday's win played a part in the decision, Fisher said the biggest reason was simply that most players didn't leave the stadium until the 2 to 3 a.m. Sunday.

"The 48 hours after a ballgame is huge as far as your conditioning and rehab for the next week," Fisher said.

ACC honors: Quarterback EJ Manuel was one of three Florida State players to earn ACC weekly honors after Saturday's win over Clemson.

Manuel was named the ACC's offensive back of the week after throwing for 380 yards and rushing for 102 more. He also earned national offensive back of the week honors and was the Davey O'Brien award winner as the nation's top quarterback for the week.

Right tackle Menelik Watson also earned ACC honors as the offensive lineman of the week, while Lamarcus Joyner earned specialist honors for his 90-yard kickoff return that helped swing the momentum in FSU's come-from-behind victory.

Game time: Florida State's Oct. 6 game against N.C. State will kick off at 8 p.m. on either ABC or ESPN2, according to a release by the ACC.

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