Crossing out of the blue should have proved a safer life for Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong.

The former U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander took a job as president of Mississippi State University in March after retiring from the Air Force in February.

But college life is taking a toll on Foglesong — or on his knee, anyway.

The 61-year-old retired general may have damaged tendons or ligaments in one of his knees, and has been wearing a stabilizing leg wrap for about a week and a half, said Maridith Geuder, director of university relations for Mississippi State. She didn’t know which leg he injured.

“He, earlier this summer, was running wind sprints with the football team,” Geuder said.

That outing may have been the cause of the injury.

A story in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Aug. 11 reported Foglesong ran wind sprints with the team until he was jokingly cut from the squad Aug. 10.

Other school officials said Foglesong, who claims to run at least five miles a day, can often be seen on the sidelines of the school’s football practices.

During Mississippi’s 15-0 loss to South Carolina on Thursday, Foglesong was on the sideline with his leg wrapped in a large stabilizing brace.

Geuder said Foglesong’s doctor advised him to keep the brace on for four weeks, at which time he will be re-evaluated.

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