Doctors to replace bone in wrist with bone from hip

Updated: July 14, 2005, 4:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado has lost cornerback Terrence Wheatley for the season because of a wrist injury that will require surgery next month.

"It's a life-changing surgery, but I would have to do something even if I wasn't a football player," Wheatley said. "I'm tired of living in pain."

Gerett Burl, a junior who started several games last season, is the most likely candidate to replace Wheatley. Junior college transfer Terry Washington, junior Vance Washington and several underclassmen are also possibilities.

Wheatley, a junior, dislocated the wrist during spring practice in 2004 and underwent his first surgery the next day. He reinjured the wrist last fall but played all season in pain and in a cast with limited ability to control his hand.

He managed to intercept four passes, including one returned for a touchdown against Texas. He also was Colorado's primary kickoff return man, averaging 22.3 yards per return.

But he missed spring practice and doctors will soon remove a bone from his right wrist, replacing it with bone taken from his hip.

"I'm disappointed and frustrated," said Wheatley, who will have two years of eligibility remaining. "You go through two surgeries in a year to try to fix something and it doesn't work, it makes me mad."

Wheatley, one of CU's fastest players, said he hasn't given up on football.

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