Another shoulder injury could sideline Boyle

Sean Boyle has had four shoulder surgeries and has been sidelined the last two seasons. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Temple coach Steve Addazio said he didn’t know if Sean Boyle will play Saturday against 12th-ranked Louisville.

The fifth-year senior center suffered a left shoulder injury in this past Saturday’s 47-17 setback at Pittsburgh. His left arm was in the sling after the game.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder has a history of shoulder injuries.

Boyle injured his shoulder against Connecticut on Oct. 13.

He’s also had four shoulder surgeries and has been sidelined the last two seasons.

After playing in every game as a true freshman in 2008, Boyle had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder at the conclusion of that season. The labrum is cartilage meant to tighten the area where the humerus bone meets the shoulder socket.

Seemingly recovered from the injury, Boyle was the starting center in the 2009 season opener against Villanova but strained his labrum a couple of days later at practice. As a result, Boyle lost his starting position. He managed to participate on special teams and in a reserve role despite the pain.

But the right shoulder couldn't hold up. He suffered another tear in his labrum against UCLA in the season-ending EagleBank Bowl.

That required another surgery.

Then, in the summer before his junior year, while lifting weights, he tore the labrum in his left shoulder. That sidelined him for the entire junior season. Then, he reinjured the labrum in his right shoulder before last season and sat out his second consecutive season.

In October of 2011, he had his third surgery on his right shoulder and fourth surgery overall.