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April 1, 2014

O'Leary banged up in dirt bike accident

Eleven months ago Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary survived a horrific motorcycle crash. On May 2, 2013, O'Leary's motorcycle slammed into the front of a Lexus that had pulled out in front of him sending him hurdling between 75 and 100 feet. The remnants of his motorcycle crashed into the windshield of a bus.

O'Leary, who miraculously walked away from the May accident with only minor injuries, would go on to have the most prolific season in school history for a tight end. He finished FSU's 2013 national championship season with 33 catches for 557 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Earlier this week the rising senior was involved in another accident involving a bike. While details of the accident are still sketchy, Warchant.com has confirmed with a source close to O'Leary that he was injured while riding a motor bike. The injuries are described as "minor" and mostly "bumps and bruises". He does have a swollen ankle and is expected to miss the remainder of FSU's spring football practice, which concludes with the annual April 12 Garnet and Gold game.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed the injuries after practice on Wednesday. His injured ankle and abrasions to his skin will keep him out the rest of spring practice.

"He's fine, just skinned up," Fisher said. "He just wrecked a motorcycle again. Skin and a swollen ankle. He can't practice but he'll be fine."

Senior tight end Kevin Haplea, who missed all of the 2013 season with a knee injury, will likely move into a starting role for the remainder of spring practice. Redshirt freshman Jeremy Kerr should also see increased playing time.

Fisher said he hopes the star tight end has learned after going through two accidents in less than a year.

"I can be frustrated, he needs to be frustrated," Fisher said. "It's not important if I'm frustrated. What's important is that he's frustrated with it and learns his lesson."

Staff writer Ben Jones contributed to this report.



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