Wiser Finally Shaking Injury Bug
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Joe Wiser will once again start at quarterback for the Fever Saturday night in their second-round playoff game at Billings. That's no small accomplishment when you consider the list of injuries he's incurred in four of his six starts this year.
Wiser has to think back to rattle off the list "This season started off with a broken right wrist, sprained left foot, concussion, another concussion, and partially-torn MCL (knee)," he recalled.
Is that all? What's even more incredible about this year's string of injuries is that, until now, the QB from Portland State was known as one of the most durable athletes in the region."Never missed a start," he claimed. "High school, college, my whole career."
Playing in the confined spaces and concrete floors of the NIFL changed that in a hurry.
"Joe being a quarterback, he's getting his head slammed in to a wall and the carpet," teammate Ron Childs explains. "I feel bad for him. Over on the sidelines, we cringe at some of the hits he has to take, but Joe's the one that wanted to be a quarterback."
"There's no real reason, just circumstances," figures Wiser. "Injuries just happen. You have to come back from them."
Monday night he looked great it in the win over Wyoming, playing the whole game and scoring twice. He's now healthy and hungry to beat Billings Saturday.
"It feels great to be back and leading the team and being in the role of starting quarterback. It's a lot better."
He hopes his mysterious rash of injuries is over, but don't tell him to cross his fingers or knock on wood.
"If it happens again, it happens again," Wiser figured. "I'm not gonna be superstitious, or carry a lucky charm or not wash my socks, or wear my jersey backwards....just go out there and play the game I love to play."
They may need some luck Saturday. Billings is the number one seed in the playoffs. They have just one loss on the year, but it did come against the Fever.