Jared Turcotte of Lewiston, one of the key members of the University of Maine football team, may be out of the lineup indefinitely.
Turcotte, a sophomore who earned All-America honors at fullback last season, has been unable to play this season because of a groin injury suffered during training camp.
The Lewiston Sun-Journal reported Friday that Turcotte may be facing surgery to repair the problem.
The paper said Turcotte on Thursday had posted, “Surgery next week damn” on his Twitter page.
When contacted by the Sun-Journal later in the day, Turcotte said, “We’re not really sure yet. We’re seeking other opinions from other doctors.”
The 2006 Fitzpatrick Trophy winner out of Lewiston High School, who reportedly saw a Lewiston-area doctor Wednesday, could be out another 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
“I don’t know if I’m able to talk about that stuff,” he told the Sun-Journal when asked about specifics of his medical situation. “To be honest, I don’t think I’m supposed to be saying anything yet until we find something more definitive.”
Turcotte could not be reached for comment Friday.
On Thursday, Maine coach Jack Cosgrove would only say Turcotte’s condition, which he did not specify, had not improved and that he was seeking more medical advice.
“He’s kind of hit a point of no progress,” he said.
Turcotte, a 6-foot-2, 221-pound back with tremendous power and excellent speed, was a second-team All-American and an All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team pick in 2008.
He led UMaine while rushing for 625 yards and seven touchdowns and also was the top receiver with 25 catches for 285 yards and a score. He was named a preseason first-team All-American by The Sporting News.
In Turcotte’s absence, sophomore tailback Derek Session has earned the majority of the carries. He is averaging 119 yards per game and 5.7 yards per carry.