Unfortunately for both the player and the program, the rumors swirling last night around the extent of the injury suffered by Henry Josey in Missouri’s win Saturday have turned into an official reality.
In a release, Missouri confirmed that the running back tore the patellar tendon in his left knee as well as sustaining tears to his ACL and MCL. Josey underwent the first of what could be multiple surgeries Sunday morning to repair the extensive damage, which occurred in the third quarter of the win over Texas.
While Mizzou’s team doctors are confident he will make a full recovery “in the end”, the timeline for his return is unknown at this point.
As an astute reader pointed out, the injury to Josey is similar to the one suffered by Willis McGahee. The Miami Hurricanes running back tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, and, despite being selected in that year’s draft, didn’t make his NFL debut until the 2004 season. Obviously, tearing the patellar tendon is a significant element that McGahee didn’t have to overcome in his extensive rehabilitation that Joesy will.
Using McGahee’s return to the field as a very rudimentary and unscientific baseline, it would appear Josey’s availability for all or even part of the 2012 season is very much in doubt, at least at this point in time.
Josey came into the game yesterday fifth in the country in rushing, averaging 127.7 yards per game, while his 8.6 yards per attempt were good for second behind Houston’sCharles Sims (8.8). Prior to the injury, the back had been held to 19 yards on 11 carries by the Longhorns.
Josey actually began the season as the Tigers’ No. 3 RB, totaling just 15 carries in the first two games. Inserted into the starting lineup in Game 3, however, Josey proceeded to rush for at least 132 yards in six of his seven starts before suffering the devastating injury in his eighth start of the year.
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.