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Jay Feely's late 2013 struggles might be connected to offseason injury

A stress fracture that apparently was never known affected Feely's training.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There was an interesting tidbt of information in a Kyle Odegard article about Jay Feely and the kicking competition this offseason. Apparently he had suffered a foot injury that affected his offseason training a year ago.

According to the article, Feely had a stress fracture in his right foot during the 2012 offseason, and this kept him from training as much a he normally would.

The interesting thing is that, when I read the article, it was the first time I had ever heard of that information.

Feely is a fitness nut and trains very hard. He started the season 22-24 on field goals, but missed four of his final 12 attempts.

“I felt like the last three, four weeks my leg was tired,” Feely said. “It didn’t hold up the way it normally would, and that was directly related to the inability to train the way I wanted to.”

I'm not one to accept excuses because of injuries, but this one is valid. When you cannot train as much or as hard as you normally would, then there are bound to be some fatigue issues down the road.

This offseason he has been able to prepare like he normally would, but he has real competition this offseason, Danny Hrapmann and Chandler Catanzaro are both on the roster to see if they can unseat the veteran. Catanzaro seems to be the one that will most likely be the one to be in consideration.

Will Feely's competitive side shine through or will youth and leg strength? Which would you like to see happen?