LARAMIE — Sean Chambers’ season-ending injury resulted in successful surgery, but exactly when Wyoming’s quarterback will return to the field isn’t known.
And while Chambers would like to be playing again sooner rather than later, being fully healthy when he does is the primary focus for him and his family.
Chambers underwent surgery on his broken right fibula Nov. 21 in Laramie, his father, John Chambers, said. Chambers had his stitches removed during a follow-up appointment Monday and remains in a boot.
“The outlook seems — and I’m not putting words in his mouth — but basically it went well,” John Chambers said. “As well as can be expected I guess.”
Recovery could take anywhere from six to eight weeks to three months, but that’s a rough timetable, John said. Wyoming began spring practice this year in March. It’s possible Chambers could be back in some capacity if fully healed by that time next year, but his father said there haven’t been many discussions about his availability for the spring.
Nobody is rushing anything.
“I can tell you that’s actually a very reassuring thing from our perspective,” John said. “It wasn’t immediately that he’ll be back for spring ball or he’ll be back for next season. It was, ‘Hey, let’s get you fixed and let’s get you right first.’ From my perspective as a parent, what the program did and surgery-wise, I think it’s 100 percent first-class. I appreciate their approach to my son’s well-being.”
Chambers didn’t play until the eighth game this season, but the true freshman sparked an offense that was last in the Mountain West in points and yards once he did. He took over the reigns from redshirt freshman Tyler Vander Waal in the second half of Wyoming’s 24-16 loss to Utah State on Oct. 20 and led the Cowboys on three scoring drives.
More of a runner than Vander Waal, Chambers got his first career start the next week on the road against Colorado State and accounted for three touchdowns in Wyoming’s 34-21 win. He had two more, including a season-long 64-yard touchdown run, in a 24-9 win against San Jose State.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder paired with Nico Evans to give Wyoming a pair of 100-yard rushers in each of his first three games. He accounted for 595 yards and five touchdowns before sustaining the injury on the Cowboys’ first possession against Air Force on Nov. 17.
Wyoming mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Falcons and finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak with its 31-3 at New Mexico to become bowl eligible for the third straight season. But as the seventh and final team to gain bowl eligibility in a conference with just five contracted bowls, the Cowboys weren’t selected for a bowl game.
That, his father said, has bothered his son more than the injury.
“I don’t think he thought much about (the injury). I think he just thinks it’s part of what life is,” John said. “His outlook is the same as it was the day before or the day after. Nothing’s changed for him. He’s not depressed. He’s not down. I think he’s far more disappointed that we didn’t get to a bowl game than having surgery, I can tell you that.”