Posted by Tom Fornelli
The injury that Missouri running back Henry Josey suffered on Saturday against Texas was terrible enough on its own. Josey suffered a torn MCL, torn ACL and a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, which ended his season. The injury also had Josey under the knife on Sunday as doctors began the process of trying to repair it, and the doctor who performed the surgery said some words that no athlete would ever want to hear.
"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," said Dr. Pat Smith, Josey's surgeon. "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."
You never want to be the first guy to suffer the injury. You want to be the guy having Tommy John surgery in 2011, not Tommy John himself. If there's any good news for Josey it's that Smith is the same doctor who worked on Jeremy Maclin's knee a few years ago, and Maclin recovered fully and is now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL.
Still, Maclin's injuries weren't this bad.
Making matters even worse, while we know Josey's 2011 season is over, the chance he'll miss 2012 exists as well. Josey may have had surgery on Sunday, but that was just to repair the MCL, meniscus and patellar tendon. Josey can't have surgery to repair his ACL for at least another three months, which would be February. Which means there's no way he'll be participating in spring practice, and it puts his 2012 season in jeopardy.