Navy has yet to open its 2013 season — one of six FBS schools (Arizona State, Kansas, Memphis, Stanford, UTEP) that can make that claim, incidentally — but the service academy has already suffered a rather significant loss on the defensive side of the ball.
During a scrimmage this past weekend, Kwazel Bertrand suffered what at first was simply labeled as an unspecified knee injury. Upon further review, however, the starting cornerback was diagnosed with a torn meniscus.
As a result, head coach Ken Niumatalolo said, Bertrand will miss at least the first two games of the season. The Midshipmen open the season this weekend against Indiana — 319 yards passing and four touchdowns in their opener — and FCS-level Delaware.
How Bertrand responds to what’s expected to be arthroscopic surgery will determine whether he can return for the Sept. 28 road game against Western Kentucky.
Regardless of when he returns, though, Niumatalolo didn’t even attempt to downplay the significance of the injury development.
“We suffered a major injury on Saturday with Kwazel, who was probably having as good a camp as anybody on the team, not just a defensive back,” Niumatalolo said according to the Capital Gazette. “Fortunately, it’s just a meniscus. Hopefully a scope and he’ll be back in a few weeks.”
In 2012 as a freshman, Bertrand started seven of the 12 games in which he played.
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