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Clemson LB Tony Steward tears ACL, done for year

Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 3:21 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Not much has gone wrong for 7-0 Clemson so far in 2011. But the injury bug has now bitten the Tigers in a big way.

Per CBSSports.com Clemson RapidReporter Travis Sawchik,, true freshman linebacker Tony Steward -- one of the nation's most sought-after prospects in the class of 2011 and one of the biggest prizes in Dabo Swinney's star-studded Signing Day haul -- tore his ACL in practice Tuesday evening and will miss the remainder of the season.

Having already appeared in five games this season, Steward is by rule ineligible to claim a medical redshirt. But Swinney said the Tigers would be applying for a special waiver from the NCAA in order to reclaim the lost year of eligibilty. A Clemson appearance in the ACC championship might help--with the cutoff at 30 percent of a team's season, Steward's five games would be only one more than 30 percent of a 14-game season

The ACL tear is the second in two seasons for Steward, who tore the same ligament in his other knee last December while playing for his high school team. The injury occurred while Steward backpedaled during a special teams drill at Tuesday's practice.

If there's any silver lining for Swinney and the Tigers, it's that Steward's absence won't be too keenly felt in their push for the 2011 ACC and national titles. The freshman had just five tackles on the season, one solo.

But after two major surgeries in two seasons, the bigger question marks will surround Steward's once seemingly limitless potential. Fulfilling his five-star hype after one ACL tear is difficult enough; doing it after two would be nothing short of remarkable.
Comments

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:32 pm
 

If there's any silver lining for Swinney and the

Tigers, it's that Steward's absence won't be too keenly felt in their push for the 2011 ACC and national titles.

Wait a minute................I thought you said injury bug hit "in a big way"!  Stop lying in an attempt to make your story bigger than it is.  This isn't big news, nor is it a big hit.  This is fluffy filler material about a limited impact backup player.



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Clemson LB Tony Steward tears ACL, done for year

Your answer to your question:

ACL's and back pedals:

1) The ACL is the primary stabilizer of the knee in a flexed position
2) The knee just doesn't flex and extend- It acutally flexes slides, and rotates during flexion and extension
3) Strong quads and hamstrings acting on the bones can tear an ACL if there is an imbalance.

Just three of the reasons...




Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Clemson LB Tony Steward tears ACL, done for year

What is it with the back pedal that puts such strain on the ACL? Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers tore his ACL 2 straight years in training camp on  back pedals before tearing it a 3rd time on the field this year.


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