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Doc stunned by Henry Josey’s ‘one-in-a-million injury’

Mack Brown, Henry Josey AP

It’s bad enough when a player goes down with a torn ACL this late in the season.  Suffering such an injury at this point in time invariably knocks the player out of spring practice the following year, as well as affecting at least to some degree the summer camp ahead of the next season.

But when that players tears an ACL… and an MCL… and ruptures the patellar tendon in the same knee at the same time?  That’s an unprecedented situation for which there’s not really an ill-defined road map let alone a well-defined one.

Yet that’s where Henry Josey finds himself this morning.  The talented Missouri running back suffered the devastating injury in the win over Texas Saturday, and underwent surgery Sunday.  That five-hour procedure “only” repaired the patellar tendon, MCL and meniscus; the torn ACL won’t be repaired for another three months or so, meaning he definitely will not be available for spring practice and puts his availability for all or part of the 2012 season very much in doubt.

The surgeon who performed the procedure seemed stunned at both how the injury happened as well as the amount of damage in Josey’s knee.

“It’s a tragic fluke, a one-in-a-million type of injury, and, unfortunately, to a guy who is so gifted with speed and mobility and agility,” Dr. Pat Smith, Mizzou athletics head physician, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You don’t see this. In 26 years, I’ve never seen this. …

“Certainly, this is going to be a real challenge. We don’t have a blueprint for saying, ‘Oh, these three guys had this.’ I don’t know of anybody who’s had it.”

It should be stressed that there’s no prognosis, good or bad, on Josey’s status for the 2012 season; that likely won’t be decided until spring begins to give way to summer, if then.  In the here and now, however, it’s a devastating blow to the Tigers both on and off the field.

“Losing a guy like that,” receiver T.J. Moe said, “it’s like a shot to the heart.”

At the time of the injury, Josey was fifth in the country averaging 127.7 yards rushing per game, while his 8.6 yards per attempt were good for second behind Houston’s Charles Sims (8.8).

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8 Responses to “Doc stunned by Henry Josey’s ‘one-in-a-million injury’”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 16, 2011 9:42 AM

    It will be ashamed if this young man’s career is over, but that is one very unusual, devastating injury to a leg. My heart goes back to him and maybe he will be the model of a young guy recovering from this type of multiple injury to their leg. I wonder how long, even without the tendon gone, the recovery time would have been for this injury as it is. Good luck young man. I was looking forward to you playing in the SEC next year, but if not then, sometime in the future.

  2. jpiro says: Nov 16, 2011 10:13 AM

    Wasn’t this basically the same injury McGahee had?

  3. John Taylor says: Nov 16, 2011 10:19 AM

    McGahee didn’t have a ruptured patellar tendon to go along with the other stuff.

  4. patbocam says: Nov 16, 2011 11:27 AM

    “One in a million” means NO jackass mcgahee’s was different.

  5. gorilladunk says: Nov 16, 2011 1:21 PM

    I meant to mention this the other day but forgot…I thought Mack Brown showed a tremendous amount of class going across the field to offer words of encouragement to Josey after the injury. I’m no ut fan, but I thought the gesture was sportsmanlike and thoughtful on Mack’s part.

  6. texbornlsufan says: Nov 16, 2011 4:14 PM

    This kid is from my home town in Texas and was recruited by Mac Brown. Yes, this was very sportsmanlike for Brown to make this jester. Talk about a fast high school team !!!! His teammates were DJ Monroe, and Quandre Diggs both Longhorns. Tough kid and he will rebound and be back!!!!!

  7. dg0122 says: Nov 16, 2011 5:37 PM

    Mizzou needs to change out that horsecrap playing surface. The Longhorns running back shredded his knee in the same game

  8. tommydcottam says: Nov 16, 2011 6:11 PM

    I tore my ACL, MCL, PCL, meniscus and surrounding cartilage in one play playing college football at a small school in the Midwest.

    Rehab is terrible. Swelling will happen. He’ll have pains in the middle of the night that will take him out of a deep sleep. Walking will be a challenge. The worst will be the atrophy that sets in. I had a pretty muscular thigh turn to jello in a few short weeks.

    But it gets better. I can now sprint, cut, play basketball and football and I dont wear a brace of any kind.

    Being at a major program, with the doctors, trainers and equipment he’ll have at his disposal, I’m almost certain he’ll make a 100% recovery.

    Wishing him the best.

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