Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Slater could play Friday

Lansing senior returns from broken arm

October 6, 2005

Jeff Slater hates drinking milk, but he loves playing football.

That's why the Lansing High senior still found a way to supplement bone growth in his upper arm after breaking the humerus - the bone that runs between the shoulder and elbow - during an AAU basketball game in late July.

"Apple juice is 30-percent calcium," Slater quipped about his bone-healing beverage of choice. "I've kept the calcium department in business."

Thanks to the apple juice and the assistance of doctors, Slater's arm is healing quickly. Now it looks like he won't miss his entire senior season after all.

In fact, he may return to the field at 7 tonight when the Lions play host to Immaculata for Lansing's Homecoming game.

Slater was in full pads last Friday when LHS beat Spring Hill, 48-28, but he did not play. He will be in pads again tonight, and this time there is a chance he will see some action.

"They might throw me in there for a quarter, a couple of plays, depending on how it feels," Slater said. "I'm hoping by district time (Oct. 14 against Basehor-Linwood) I can find a spot that I can get comfortable with and help the team."

LHS coach Bill Pekarek said Slater will have to perform well in practice this week and demonstrate that his arm is healthy enough to play before the senior might see action in a game.

"We'll see how practices go and how his contact - getting hit and hitting someone else - how that goes," Pekarek said. "He got great reports from his doctor. They released him. He has a lot of good bone growth. They say he's pretty clean right now to go, so that's good."

If Slater does play, it isn't likely that he will see any action at tailback or linebacker, his positions during 2004. Instead, he could see some action as a wide receiver on offense and at cornerback or safety on defense.

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