Idaho linebacker JoJo Dickson underwent successful surgery Saturday, just hours after he broke his leg during the second half of the Vandals’ homecoming win over New Mexico State.
Dickson suffered a dislocated ankle and a broken leg after he was hit from behind by New Mexico State running back Kenny Turner, who was flagged for a personal foul on the play.
“You hate to see anybody get hurt, but I don’t think it was a vicious deal,” said Akey, who received an on-the-field apology from Turner after the game.
Akey said the injury looked worse than it actually was.
“I thought both bones were broken because everything was turned in the other direction,” Akey said. “The ankle was dislocated, which was why things were pointing the wrong way. The doctor was able to fix that right out on the field.”
Akey went to the Gritman Medical Center in Moscow and helped wheel Dickson into the operating room.
The senior was out of surgery by 8:30 p.m. that night, and was discharged Monday morning.
“I went and saw him (Monday morning) and the surgery went great,” Akey said.
The injury ends Dickson’s college career, but Akey is hoping the captain can make the trip to Hawaii this week. Dickson is one of four Idaho players from Hawaii.
The Vandals leave for Honolulu on Friday.