Per his own Instagram, USF wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson will be out for the season following surgery on his right shoulder.
The senior dislocated his right shoulder during practice on August 10, when cornerback Deatrick Nichols hit him during team drills. The team was in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) that day and the offense did not like what Nichols did, thinking there was some malice in the hit. I didn’t believe so, but things got heated well after the play before eventually calming down.
Full disclosure: I knew exactly what happened the day of the injury but was asked by USF to hold off on announcing anything until he could be properly checked out by team doctors. Once he was checked out, we didn’t want to put the team at a competitive disadvantage so we held it.
Dislocated shoulders typically take 3-12 weeks to heal, and that’s without any ligament damage. By the sound of it, Bronson sustained some sort of ligament damage because he needed surgery, and his recovery time was apparently long enough that it would prevent him from playing this year.
While this a considerable blow to the offense, it’s not the end of Bronson’s USF career. He played as a true freshman in 2014 and still has a redshirt year available. Getting him back next season may be a blessing with seniors Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Rice transfer Temi Alaka leaving after this year. He will bring stability and experience to a youthful wide receiver position.