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Plant Suffers Major Loss Before Season Begins
Posted Aug 16, 2007 by Katherine Smith
Updated Aug 16, 2007 at 08:40 PM
The Plant Panthers will have to defend their state title without their starting middle linebacker.
Test results released on Thursday revealed a stress fracture in one of the discs in Chris Breit’s back. Breit broke the news that he will be unable to play this season to Coach Robert Weiner after Thursday’s practice.
“It is a blow for our whole team, more spiritually than physically,” Weiner said. “It’s a big blow as a player too, but he definitely was our leader, so it’s a tough shot.”
Several players, including senior Garrett Guzzman, have been playing in Breit’s absence.
“Chris is a senior and he’s a captain who has given his heart and soul to this team, so there is no replacement for him,” Weiner said. “We’ll put another player in there and the other player will play well, but Chris Breit is one-in-a-million.”
Weiner said Breit, who played defensive end for the state champions last season, began experiencing soreness during practices, but there wasn’t one specific play that caused the injury.
“It’s a common football injury and it’s something that just builds up over time,” he said. “It’s in the healing process right now and he can’t play through it. He’ll be in a back brace for a while, but he won’t need surgery.”
Weiner doesn’t think the injury will end Breit’s football career. He’s been recruited by Georgia Southern and the Citadel.
In other Plant news, Weiner is excited about the latest addition to the Panthers roster, James Harrell III, the son of Plant defensive coordinator James Harrell.
Harrell originally was enrolled at Sickles High School where he played in the spring, but wanted to join his dad at Plant. The family moved from the Sickles area to the Plant district to allow that.
“He looks like an exceptional athlete and we look forward to having him here,” Weiner said. “He’s a guy who can fill a lot of different roles for us.”