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Campbell: 'You Never Know How Much You Need a Toe'

Another reporter and I had a good talk the other day with left tackle Bruce Campbell about he turf toe injury to his right foot, which he suffered early in the season-opening loss at California on Sept. 5.

Said Campbell:

“It was frustrating at the beginning, because I was looking forward to having a breakout year. But in reality, I still can. I changed my mind-set about it. Okay, I missed two games, but I’m here for ACC play. I still can have a good year, possibly a great year.

“It happened in the third series of the Cal game. I was in the middle of a block and I just felt my foot give out. I didn’t think nothing of it until I stood up and felt the pressure just fill up inside my cleat. I thought, 'Wow it could be broken.' I really didn’t pay much attention to it until the next play because I couldn’t get into a stance, could not push off, could not do anything. I continued to play with the injury until the third quarter because I have pride issues. I wasn’t going to let myself go down like that. It did not seem true or real to me at all.

“I was probably 85 percent [against Rutgers]. I’m probably 85-90 percent now. Last week I was limited in practice because we wanted to see how much I could do in the game. I really wanted to play that game anyway, regardless of how I felt, because I didn’t want to come back against Clemson because they have close to a defensive line. I didn’t want to just put myself out there and still have rust on me.

“I don’t know how many plays I played [against Rutgers], but I played almost the whole game until the middle of the fourth quarter. I did feel rusty. I didn’t run not once for the two weeks I was injured. Not one time. My steps, I didn’t know how it felt to step because I favored my steps so much, in sneakers, everything I did. I just started wearing a sneaker four or five days before I started practicing again. I was just rusty. I was a step slower. Probably a step-and-a-half slower. Right now, I’m still probably a half step to a step slower. It is the cards I got dealt. I just have to do my best.

“There are different degrees [of severity with turf toe]: one, two and three, and three is the worst. They said I was at a high two. The joint in your big toe got jammed, and there are two smaller bones on the bottom of your foot that have something to do with that joint in your big toe. All that was just jammed up. I can’t even explain it. It was one of my worst injuries by far. You never know how much you actually need a toe until you do something to it.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 2, 2009; 11:23 AM ET
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Just saw Clemson's team bus parked on my street in front of the Bethesda Marriot. The number over there is 301-897-9400. Call and ask for C.J Spiller or Kyle Parker between the hours of 3:00-5:00 a.m. Go Terps!

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