The test results were probably the best possible news Class 1A top-ranked Iowa City Regina and its starting running back Riley Dixon could have received.
Dixon went down near the end of the first half of Friday night's 41-16 home win over No. 9 West Branch. The senior running back was helped off the field by staff with his left sock and shoe removed. He did not return and was in street clothes, using crutches and wearing a boot after the game. Dixon said he was going for x-rays following the game.
Regina Coach Marv Cook told The Gazette in a phone interview Saturday morning that the injury may not bad as expected.
"The X-ray was negative," Cook said. "We'll treat it like a bad sprain."
Cook was somewhat relieved that Dixon didn't have his final prep season cut short to injury. Dixon had rushed for 146 yards before getting hurt and has 423 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He has added 113 receiving yards, including a 10-yard score in the season opener against West Liberty.
Cook said he anticipates Dixon could miss some time, including Week 4 game at Eddyville-Blakesburg. He said he would expect Dixon to remain in a boot, even though he has not confirmed that with Dixon or medical staff. Cook said Dixon will have to pass three steps before a return, including an evaluation from trainers, being able to regain mobility and stability and being able to sustain contact safely. It will be handled week-to-week.
Some relief can be found in the fact that Dixon has a chance to come back, instead of facing a season-ending injury.
"It's obviously good news," Cook said. "We'll have to go through the process with doctors and trainers to get healthy."
Jake Brinkman and Michael Adam will have a bigger role in the run game, according to Cook. Michael Cooper is the team's third-leading rusher behind Dixon and quarterback Drew Cook.