Cornerback Tee Shepard, a member of the 2014 Ole Miss Rebel signing class, has been missing practice lately with an injured toe. The extent of the injury isn't precisely known just yet, but it doesn't sound good.
No definite word yet on Tee Shepard. MRI results going to Birmingham, could get news tomorrow. It's a tendon on the toe, Hugh Freeze said.— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) August 11, 2014
Shepard was drawing high praise from the Ole Miss coaches thus far in fall camp, and was poised to play right away in the Rebel secondary. A big toe injury, however, could end a potentially promising season before it even begins. If it is as bad as we're hoping it isn't, then it could likely mean surgery and a season on the sidelines.
UPDATE: Here's Kellenberger with the details of the injury:
The injury is a tendon underneath his big toe. If it is completely torn, surgery would be required and would end Shepard's 2014 season. If it is only partially torn, Freeze said there are examples of players pushing through the injury and postponing surgery until after the season.
The four-star prospect out of Holmes Community College was rated as one of the top junior college defensive backs in the country in 2014. A Fresno, California native, Tee originally signed with Notre Dame out of high school before going the Juco route to gain NCAA eligibility.