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Appendix surgery sidelines Jesuit QB Testaverde for TC game

Posted Nov 9, 2013 by Bart O'Connell

Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 01:00 AM

Jesuit QB Vincent Testaverde was not able to play in Friday night’s rivalry game with Tampa Catholic, after feeling discomfort in his abdominal area Thursday night that doctors said would require appendix surgery.

Testaverde is expected to miss next week’s playoff game against Auburndale, but could return for subsequent games according to Jesuit coach Matt Thompson.

Testaverde attended Friday’s senior night ceremonies, and participated in the coin toss without his pads on before the game. Prior to kickoff, he told tbo.com he was getting the surgery at around 10 p.m. Friday night.

“I’m not in much pain [physically], but emotionally I am,” he said. “I started feeling bad stomach pains last night and it carried through [Friday] morning.”

Testaverde was informed that there was a risk to playing with an inflamed appendix. If he was to get hit a certain way, the appendix may have ruptured and required emergency surgery that could have sidelined him for the remainder of the postseason. By doing surgery immediately, while the appendix remains in tact, he has a chance to return if Jesuit advances past the first round.

“If there was any way I could play with the [situation] I’m in, I would be out there for sure,” Testaverde said.

Thompson was informed at around 12 p.m. of Testaverde’s condition by the quarterback’s father Vinny, the former University of Miami and NFL quarterback who is an assistant coach with the Tigers.

Junior Trent Wessel started and played the entire game for Jesuit, which went on to win 13-9, their 14th consecutive win against Tampa Catholic in the 48-year old rivalry series.

Thompson is optimistic Testaverde will be back if Jesuit beats Auburndale next week.

“The surgery is minimally-invasive, so the recovery should be quick,” Thompson said.

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