Harvard QB Winters Not Yet Healthy

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on October 04, 2011 at 10:11PM

Senior quarterback Collier Winters suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener against Holy Cross, and has not appeared since. According to his tweets, it appears that he will miss this week's game at Cornell as well.

After suffering what appeared at the time to be a minor hamstring injury, senior quarterback Collier Winters has not appeared in a game since the season opener Sept. 17.

It now looks like he might be out for a little while longer. Winters confirmed that he would be out for this week's game against Cornell.

"I sat down with our trainer, Brant Berkstresser, and our head coach today, and [we] discussed the options, trying to see where I was at with my rehab and everything, and how I was feeling," Winters said. "And I’m not quite back to 100 percent yet, so I think they’re going to let my try and heal up one week, and rest up, and my goal will be to play next week."

Earlier today, the starting quarterback tweeted that he would find out about his status for this Saturday’s start at Cornell within an hour.

A little before that, he posted in reference to some of the treatment he’s undergone over the last two weeks: “I no longer hav ne hair on the back of my leg due to all the medical treatment Ive had dun on it the last 2 weeks#TheyTryToMakeMeGoToRehab.”

But he remains optimistic that he will be available to start in two weeks against Bucknell.

"I’m feeling pretty good—I was running around pretty good today," Winters said. [I'm] still not quite 100 percent yet, but I think Bucknell’s definitely a reasonable goal."

In his absence this weekend, Winters said that junior Colton Chapple will make the start.

This is the second year in a row that Harvard’s quarterbacks have had trouble staying healthy.

Just three games into the 2011 season, sophomore third-string quarterback Michael Pruneau played in the second half of Saturday’s game at Lafayette.

Chapple, Winters’ backup who started the second and third games of the season, left the Oct. 1 game with back cramps after halftime.

The Crimson faces injury trouble on the defensive end as well. Senior linebacker Blaise Deal went down in the first game of the year against Holy Cross, and he may be out for the rest of the season.