The Manhattan Indians football team will be without star senior offensive lineman Sam Shields for the foreseeable future.
Tuesday afternoon head coach Joe Schartz told The Mercury that Shields dislocated his left shoulder in Friday’s game at Olathe Northwest.
“He is rehabbing, and we are hopeful that we can get him back this year,” Schartz said, “but we just has to see how his rehab goes in the next couple weeks.”
There isn’t a timetable for a return for Shields, so the Indians are preparing without him. That starts Friday against Topeka High. Junior Mario Caycedo will shoulder a bulk of Shields’ responsibilities on the offensive line.
“Obviously it is a big loss for us but Mario Caycedo is going to step in and he will do a fine job for us,” Schartz said. “We’ve got a lot of junior linemen, and he is right in the mold with the rest of them.
“They are all very intelligent, hardworking and continue to work hard in the weight room to try and develop themselves physically. They are one weekend into their junior season.”