Starting quarterback Kriss Proctor practiced Monday afternoon for the first time since dislocating his left (throwing) elbow a little more than a week ago and may be back for Navy’s final home game on Saturday.
Proctor took reps with the first-team offense two days after the Midshipmen lost to Notre Dame, 56-14, with sophomore backup Trey Miller making his first career start. Miller had come in for Proctor the Saturday before last when the senior hurt his elbow when he fell on his arm following a late hit in a 63-35 loss to East Carolina.
“I was encouraged by what I saw today,” Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “It was good to see him out there today.”
Proctor participated in limited fashion and did not make any deep throws. He instead practiced pitching and threw only short distances in anticipation of coming back for the team’s final home game of the season and his final game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Proctor had been wearing a brace on his arm last week, but the only protection he had in practice today was a black elbow pad.
“I’m going to be game ready, I’m pretty sure,” said Proctor, who continues to receive treatment on his elbow multiple times daily.
During practice, Proctor was pitching to slotback Aaron Santiago, who has been cleared to play well before his projected recovery time for a broken left forearm. The senior broke the bone just before halftime of Navy’s 40-14 victory over Western Kentucky on Sept. 10.
That coincidentally was also the last time the Midshipmen won. Navy (2-6) since has lost six in a row, its longest slide in nine years, and must win out in the regular season to earn a bowl berth.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Santiago said of having to watch from the sideline during the losing streak. “I know that everybody on the team has been working hard and just not to get the results that we really want, it’s frustrating.”
While Proctor and Santiago are healing quicker than anticipated, Navy did get a dose of bad news regarding senior wide receiver Doug Furman, whom Niumatalolo revealed tore his left ACL and MCL against Notre Dame. The initial hope was that the injury was just a sprain.
Furman, who had started every game this season, was on crutches at practice, and his left leg was immobilized in a black brace.
“You feel for that kid because that kid never says a word,” Niumatalolo said. “We don’t throw the ball a ton, but I’m sure he’d like to be the primary guy. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s a guy who epitomizes who we are, keeps his mouth quiet, works hard, tough as nails.”