Fleck details facial surgery to repair damage from 2019 bungee cord accident

PJ Fleck has a highly visible job coaching the Gophers football, so there’s never a good time to have facial surgery. But Fleck said he underwent surgery this winter to repair damage around his eyes caused by an accident in the summer of 2019.

Photos of Fleck in public recently sparked questions about a change in his appearance. Fleck made his first public comments about it during a phone conversation on Monday.

In July 2019, Fleck and her two sons were on the dock at their home. They were securing something with a rubber band when it closed, and the hook hit Fleck in the face near his eye, causing a “pretty serious injury,” he said.

The injury occurred shortly before the start of fall camp, which delayed the operation. Then the pandemic hit.

“I was finally able to get it fixed in January,” Fleck said. “I’m still in the healing process for a few more months, but I appreciate everyone’s concern.”

Fleck prefers to keep details about the nature of his injury private, saying only that it was “pretty significant”.

“The good thing is that I feel a lot better,” he said. “That’s the main concern.”

Fleck’s schedule, even in the offseason, doesn’t allow him time to disappear for long stretches, so the photos captured him in the process of healing.

“There’s never a good time to do it, especially when you know it’s going to change you,” he said, adding that “every day it gets better.”

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