LEROY -- Skyler Nelson sustained an injury that ended his football season in September. Now he\u2019s trying to fully recover from his broken left collarbone in order to play for the Pine River football team. Nelson, a junior, will be on the varsity hoops team for his second full season although he also played some as a freshman. He broke the collarbone against Evart after the junior Pine River quarterback was sacked. \u201cI went to the hospital right after the game and they sent me home for three days, then I got surgery,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cI was on the couch for a week and a half. I couldn\u2019t do much of anything. From there, I\u2019ve been slowing building up.\u201d Nelson had thrown a long touchdown pass against Evart just prior to his injury. \u201cI saw the guy come through the line,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cI just got rid of the ball when he hit me and he drove my shoulder into the ground. I knew it was broken right away. I threw my helmet off and walked off the field.\u201d It\u2019s the first injury he\u2019s sustained that has forced him to miss games. \u201cIt was very disappointing, he said. \u201cThe pain was one thing but it hurts not being to play with my teammates.\u201d Nelson expects to be as good as new once his collarbone fully heals. \u201cAs soon as my body is ready I\u2019ll be ready to go,\u201d he said. His collarbone was broken in three different pieces. Nelson said the repair of his collarbone included inserting a plate and eight screws into the affected area. \u201cI\u2019m conditioning a little bit but I have to take it easy, but they told me I could come back in full contact by the first of the year,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cI might be able to make it back before then, but I\u2019m not sure.\u201d Nelson said he needs to avoid full contact before Jan. 1. He figures he\u2019ll miss four scheduled basketball games.