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Potentially devastating injury news for Knile Davis, Razorbacks

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Forget what may or may not happen between a certain College Station institution of higher learning and the SEC in the future; the biggest on-field news in the here and now for the conference involves a current member in Fayetteville.

According to multiple media outlets, Arkansas running back Knile Davis suffered an injury of unknown severity to his left leg during the seventh play of a scrimmage Thursday.  The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the injury is to Davis’ ankle, although there are unconfirmed — repeat, unconfirmed — reports that the injury could be to the ACL.  The junior captain apparently had gotten his leg rolled up on in a pile at the end of a running play and let out a scream “so loud it will haunt us in our dreams” before collapsing to the ground.

Davis was prone on the field for several minutes while being tended to by school medical personnel.  He could not put any weight on his left leg, and left the field on a cart.

Head coach Bobby Petrino was not scheduled to meet with the press following the scrimmage, so the extent and severity of the injury is unknown and not yet confirmed by anyone officially connected to the football program.  While the offensive coordinator and some players did speak afterwards, none would or could address Davis’ injury or his status.

We’re expecting an update on Davis’ condition either late tonight (unlikely) or at some point Friday (more likely).

If the injury to Davis is indeed serious — and the general sentiment seems to be pointing in that direction — it would be a significant and devastating blow to a Razorback team looking to challenge Alabama and LSU for SEC West supremacy in 2011.  In 2010, Davis led the conference in rushing with over 1,300 yards, and is viewed as a darkhorse Heisman candidate this preseason.

With Arkansas replacing Ryan Mallett under center with Tyler Wilsonprobably — Davis’ experience and talent were going to be that much more important for the Razorbacks and their chances for taking a step to the next level this season.  It’s not fair to say those chances would be shot if Davis were to miss most or all of the season; it would be fair to say the chance to accomplish those goals get a whole helluva lot more difficult with a Davis-less squad.

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6 Responses to “Potentially devastating injury news for Knile Davis, Razorbacks”
  1. Lou Pickney says: Aug 11, 2011 11:46 PM

    Also keep in mind that the second-leading rusher for Arkansas in 2010, Broderick Green, tore the ACL in his left knee this past April.

  2. andymc58 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:51 PM

    Let me go ahead and confirm that for you. It’s a broken ankle, up high. He’s in surgery now. This is terrible.

  3. zekeulrey says: Aug 11, 2011 11:59 PM

    It’s not inherently surprising that Knile Davis is, again (ankle has been broken on multiple occasions) hurt, nor that it happened to a RB that has spent the offseason “bulking up” and putting on weight: as there is a litany of backs this has happened to.

    I just imagined his overall effectiveness being curtailed due to a paper thin offensive line and leaning on him too much because of first year QB play (i.e., wearing down, long season, not fresh, wear and tear, etceteras). A potentially catastrophic injury (folks there report it looked bad and he was very vocal) before even taking a game snap was not anticipated and is VERY bad news.

    Davis has been fragile since high school and this proves that LAST season was the fluke.

    Grr.

  4. tryagainplease says: Aug 12, 2011 1:13 AM

    like a bad penny- you turn up everywhere, zeke.

    good luck knile- i hope it’s less than it sounds like at this point.

  5. florida727 says: Aug 12, 2011 9:00 AM

    I’m no elite athlete but I’ve had 5 ligament tears and 4 bone breaks in my ankles from basketball (plus one Achilles tear). Recovery is going to take a long time, especially if surgery was involved as “andymc” confirms. Good luck, Knile. Take your time. Come back only when you’re 100%, then show everyone how gifted you are. Wish you the best…

  6. lakesidegator says: Aug 12, 2011 10:40 AM

    Next?
    Trent.

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