The Staples football team, which figures to be one of the best in the FCIAC this season, has suffered a major blow as the start of practice nears: star running back Ethan Burger will sit out the season.
Burger, who suffered a torn ACL and assorted other injuries to his leg a year ago, was told by his doctor, according to Staples coach Marce Petroccio, that he would not be cleared until late September and that it would be advisable to take the year off.
“We are so disappointed that Ethan is not cleared to play football this year,” Petroccio said. “He has been an integral part of our program for three years. I feel so bad for him and his family. Hopefully he will come back and have a great senior year with lacrosse.”
Burger is a member of the Staples lacrosse team and has given a verbal commitment to Vermont.
Petroccio said Burger will remain with the team in a role that has not been clarified.
“He knows he has carte blanche with our program,” Petroccio said.
Burger, who played in just five games a year ago, rushed for a team-high 582 yards and six touchdowns. As a sophomore, Burger led the Wreckers with 1,260 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Petroccio said he expects Elliott Poulley, Harris Levi and Brandon Adrian to share time at running back.
“Any time you lose a running back the caliber of a player that Ethan is will hurt your team.” Petroccio said. “Other kids will have to step up.”