Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 12:23 pm

Notre Dame loses Jonas Gray for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame only has one game left in the regular season against Stanford and a bowl game to play, but it's lost a big part of its offense for those final two contests. While there has been no official injury determined from an MRI as of yet, Brian Kelly confirmed on Sunday that running back Jonas Gray had likely played his last game with the Fighting Irish.

"It's pretty apparent he has a significant knee injury," said Kelly in a teleconference on Sunday, going on to say that MRI results will "probably confirm" what the training staff suspects.

Gray suffered the knee injury against Boston College on Saturday, and was seen in tears on the sideline. NBC's sideline reporter Alex Flanagan said that the team believed it was a torn MCL.

It's not only a big blow to the Irish, but it's a sad chapter to end Gray's career at Notre Dame as well. Gray was finally having the year the Irish expected from him in his final season at the school, rushing for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, so to have that come to an end on his Senior Day is a cruel twist of fate.

As for what Notre Dame will do moving forward, the good news is that Notre Dame also has Cierre Wood, who has rushed for 1,001 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Wood began the season as the team's starting running back and will step back into that role. Behind Wood the Irish have freshmen George Atkinson III and Cam McDaniel, though Brian Kelly did not rule out the possibility of Theo Riddick moving from wide receiver to running back to finish the season.

Riddick missed the Boston College game, but came to Notre Dame as a running back before being moved to wide receiver.
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 12:44 pm

Henry Josey's injury 'one in a million'

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.
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:42 pm

Fozzy Whittaker's Texas career is over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The news was somewhat expected after seeing the injury on Saturday, but Texas confirmed the worst for running back Fozzy Whittaker on Sunday night. The school announced that Whittaker had suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, which ends Whittaker's 2011 season and college career.

Whittaker suffered the injury during the first quarter on Saturday in Texas' loss to Missouri.

The impact of Whittaker was very evident in that loss, as the Longhorns offense seemed lost without him. Not helping matters was that Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron were both out of the game as well. Still, even when those two return, Whittaker will not be easy to replace.

As well as being a special teams threat on kick returns, Whittaker also runs the Wildcat formation for the Texas offense. A formation that Bryan Harsin's offense had been using with great results in the last few weeks.

Whittaker finishes his career at Texas with 1,233 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 386 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns this season. 
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 9:05 pm

Mizzou loses Henry Josey for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Missouri may have picked up a big win over Texas on Saturday, but it also suffered a huge loss. Running back Henry Josey left the game in the third quarter after suffering a knee injury, and it turns out the injury is just about as terrible as terrible can be. According to Mike DeArmond, Josey is done for the year with a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee.

Though the injury may be even worse, as Missouri's football radio analyst says that it's not just a ruptured patellar tendon, but a torn ACL and MCL as well.

Josey came into the game as the Big 12's leading rusher with 1,149 yards and 8 touchdowns. The sophomore back had 19 yards before having to leave the game on Saturday.
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 12:50 pm

Texas loses Whittaker to knee injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The depth Texas has at running back is being severly tested on Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns were already without both Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron heading into today's game against Missouri, and now the Longhorns will be without Fozzy Whittaker.

Whittaker hurt his right knee while making a cut on a run in the first quarter. Whittaker immediately went to the ground clutching the knee and looked to be in a lot of pain. There is no official word on what the injury is, but according to sideline reports, Whittaker will not be returning to the game.

Which means that Bryan Harsin will have to rely on D.J. Monroe, Jeremy Hills, and Cody Johnson for the rest of the afternoon.

Texas came into this game rushing for more than 400 yards in each of its last two games, but it looks like it will have to rely on the arm of quarterback David Ash a bit more today.
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 1:14 pm

Texas A&M's Christine Michael has a torn ACL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

What has already been a frustrating season for Texas A&M in 2011 got a bit worse on Monday afternoon. The school announced that running back Christine Michael suffered a torn ACL in the Aggies loss to Oklahoma on Saturday and his season is over.

Michael, a junior, is Texas A&M's leading rusher on the season, rushing for 899 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. He's been part of a two-headed monster in the backfield, along with Cyrus Gray, for the Aggies all season long. He had four games of 100 yards rushing or more on the season.

Gray will take on a larger role in the Texas A&M ground game, and sophomore Ben Malena will likely take over as Texas A&M's second running back. He has 8 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown on the season and has appeared in four games this season.

Obviously this is a huge blow to a Texas A&M offense that has already had a lot of trouble playing a full 60 minutes and is 5-4 on the season and 3-3 in Big 12 play. Michael's absence will surely be felt in games remaining against Kansas State and Texas.
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 8:40 pm

Ryan Broyles has a torn ACL, his season is over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We were hoping for the best and expecting the worst when it came to the status of Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles' injured left knee, and we've gotten what we were expecting. According to John Hoover of the Tulsa World, Broyles has suffered a torn ACL in the knee and his season, and Oklahoma career, are over because of it.

Broyles suffered the injury in the third quarter of Oklahoma's 41-25 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. He planted on his left leg in an odd fashion after making a catch and turning upfield to gain more yards. He clutched the knee after being tackled and was then helped off the field before being seen in tears on the sideline.

Broyles finishes the season with 83 receptions for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In his career Broyles has caught 347 passes for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. The 347 receptions are more than any other player in NCAA history. Broyles was also a Biletnikof finalist last season and decided to come back to Oklahoma for another season even though he'd have been a first round pick in the NFL to try and win a national championship. 
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 6:29 pm

Ryan Broyles suffers a knee injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Some bad news for the Oklahoma Sooners and Ryan Broyles on Saturday.

After making a catch in the third quarter, Broyles seemed to plant his left foot in an odd fashion while being tackled. Immediately after he went down, Broyles clutched his knee and had to be helped to the sidelines by trainers. He was later seen in tears on the sidelines as he talked to Oklahoma doctors and was then helped to the locker room.

There is no official word on what the injury is, but given the tears on his face, I'm not expecting the prognosis to be good.

Broyles came into the game leading the nation with 1,070 yards receiving on 81 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He had 2 receptions for 87 yards on Saturday before leaving the game.

We'll keep you updated on his status as we learn more.
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