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Kentucky RB needs Achilles tendon surgery, expected to miss season

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Kentucky confirmed Friday evening that redshirt sophomore running back Josh Clemons had sustained an Achilles tendon injury, though the exact severity of the injury wasn’t known.

Unfortunately, an MRI has revealed the worst-case scenario. In a release, the school said Clemons will need surgery to repair his torn Achilles. He is expected to miss the 2013 season.

It’s a tough, tough break for a player who was finally healthy after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2011.

“We are extremely disappointed for Josh because he has worked so hard and come so far,” Wildcats coach Mark Stoops said. “He ran well during the spring and was eager to contribute this season. We are hopeful for a full recovery and look forward to his return to the field.”

Clemons was Kentucky’s leading rusher as a freshman in 2011 before he suffered a torn meniscus that cost him the rest of the year. After spending all of 2012 on the sidelines recovering, he returned with a solid spring game by rushing 10 times for 56 yards.

The Wildcats do have some experience at the running back spot with the return of seniors Jonathan George and Raymond Sandersthe top two rushers from a year ago.

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1 Response to “Kentucky RB needs Achilles tendon surgery, expected to miss season”
  1. florida727 says: Jul 16, 2013 10:49 AM

    I’ve had an Achilles injury and the only advice I can share is that when you think you’re ready to play, you’re 6 months away. Worst injury I’ve ever had because you really never know when it’s fully healed. Riding a bike helped the recovery process tremendously. Low impact, gets blood flowing to the affected area which speeds the healing. Good luck, Josh.

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