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Colorado Buffaloes Football 2012: Nick Hirschman Breaks Foot While Walking, Will Miss Spring Practice

Nick Hirschman was hoping to battle for the Colorado Buffaloes' starting quarterback spot this spring. Now it appears he will have to wait a while longer to impress his coaching staff. Kyle Ringo of reports that the third-year suffer quarterback will miss spring practices after breaking his right foot while walking. Yep, walking.

Hirschman is apparently cursed with weak-boned feet. He had surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal on his left foot prior to the 2011 season. He is the only Buffs quarterback returning with any playing experience on the roster, although most of his snaps came during mop-up duty.

Connor Wood will likely earn most of the first-team snaps in practice with Hirschman out. Both are vying to replace last year's starter Tyler Hansen, who started two full seasons for the Buffaloes.

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