July 27, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seminole starting quarterback Chris Weinke was cleared for
preseason football practice Monday by Tallahassee surgeon Charles Wingo and
the FSU medical staff. The junior underwent spinal surgery in November
after being injured in the Virginia game. X-rays taken on Monday confirmed
that the two effected vertebrae had completely fused together.
Weinke will wear a green “non-contact” jersey when varsity practice
begins on August 7th. The Minnesota native will enter the season-opener
vs. Louisiana Tech with a streak of 218 passes without an interception. He
set an FSU single-season record by averaging 17.2 yards per completion in
1998 and his nine 200-yard passing games tied the FSU single-season mark.
“I fully expected to be cleared but it’s taken hard work and some
long hours of rehab,” said Weinke. “I was relieved to finally get the
green light and am excited to get started.”