Bison career over for standout TE Noah Gindorff
Senior Bison captain has second surgery to address an ankle injury from last December
FARGO — It's not the way it was supposed to end for North Dakota State tight end Noah Gindorff. But that's the reality after the senior underwent a second procedure to address a nine-month-old ankle injury that never fully healed.
NDSU head coach Matt Entz on Monday confirmed what was widely speculated after Gindorff didn't travel with the team two weeks ago to the University of South Dakota.
"He was a huge leader on our football team and unfortunately the first surgery didn't take as well as they hoped," Entz said. "I'm far from an expert on the medical stuff, but he's up off his feet now and has to be weight-free for a couple of weeks so they'll get him moving around here sooner than later."
It's not certain if the latest procedure will impact Gindorff's pro football hopes. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., last January before the December injury derailed that. He returned for his sixth year of school with the hopes of getting back to that level.
"It doesn't have to be football but in every game there are people who come back just for the love of the game," Entz said. "That's why he came back, and he had the opportunity to be a captain again."
Entz didn't know the prospects of Gindorff's NFL potential with the latest injury.
"Probably a lot remains to be seen on what happens with this ankle," he said. "It sounds like there were some significant injuries inside the ankle."
Gindorff's departure made a starter of junior tight end Joe Stoffel, who responded by leading the Bison in receptions in the 27-14 win over Youngstown State on Saturday. Stoffel moved into a tie for the team lead in season receptions with seven.
In three games this fall, Gindorff had six receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown.