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Doctors to replace bone in wrist with bone from hip

7/14/2005 - Colorado Buffaloes

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.