Sunday, November 02, 2008

But has a knee

Just to expand a little on the news from today. As I said in the previous post, Edsall won't give specifics on Darius Butler's injury aside from it being a knee. The doctors don't want to release any more info about it, Edsall said.

We do know that Butler had an MRI, and Edsall said he didn't expect Darius' knee to require surgery. That almost certainly means it's a sprain. Ligament tears or cartilage tears almost always require surgery. Still, ligament sprains are painful and take time. Four to six weeks means there's a chance Darius could be back for the regular-season finale against Pitt, but that would be on the short end of the recovery period. No surgery means Darius should be at full strength once he begins his NFL testing in February.

Robert McClain and Terrance Baltimore will fill in for Butler at corner. Jordan Todman is the guy for kickoff returns.

“It will be easy to move on,” Edsall said. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for Darius, and so do his teammates. We wish him well as he recovers. Now other guys will have to step up. There’s nothing you can do. He’s not going to be out there. We’re not going to sit here and cry about it.”

Edsall didn't divulge much on Tyler Lorenzen's status for the week leading into Syracuse. "He's better and there's things he might be able to do," Edsall said. "We'll just wait and see what happens." Edsall wouldn't answer when asked if Cody Endres would be number one on the depth chart for Syracuse. I think Lorenzen may be back in the picture a week from now, and certainly by the South Florida week. He's been moving much better during the pregame, taking his drop steps and doing light running.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Ian said...

From experience, I can tell you that this most likely the MCL if he's not having surgery. My guess is that's a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

Grade II MCL Tear
Grade II injuries are also considered incomplete tears of the MCL. These patients may complain of instability when attempting to cut or pivot. The pain and swelling is more significant, and usually a period of 3-4 weeks of rest is necessary.

November 02, 2008 5:44 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Agree, Ian. I had the same thing two years ago (MCL sprain).With rehab, I felt better after about six weeks (though it was still sore, but I'm old).

At some point shortly after I completed the rehab for the sprain, I tore the medial meniscus and needed surgery.

November 02, 2008 6:08 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

That's the risk once you have a knee injury. You're prone to others. I've had 4 knee surgeries from playing sports and had the mcl injury when i tore the acl the second time.

Also did the mcl again another time but only ended up with torn ankle ligaments as well.

As much as I'd like to see him back, he's got a bright future ahead of him in the NFL.

I'm beginning to think Edsall is taking things from the Bill Belichick playbook about disclosing things about anyone. I'm quite surprised he even told y'all that Butler was out 4-6 weeks.

November 02, 2008 6:30 PM 
Anonymous Gary said...

That stinks for Darius, hope he fully recovers in time for all the NFL stuff and that this doesn't hurt his stock.

Chip, how realistic are your bowl projections in the picks post from Thursday? Can't Notre Dame throw a pretty formidable wrench into those plans? From what you heard were the Charlotte people happy with the UConn turnout? Would they welcome the Huskies back? Sorry for the flux of questions.

November 03, 2008 8:29 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Gary,

My bowl picks weren't too far-fetched. Obviously, things will change every week depending on who wins and loses.

Notre Dame can take the Big East's place in either the Gator or Sun Bowl. The Gator picks first, and if the Irish are available will most certainly snap them up. If that happens, the Sun can pass on the Big East, because only one of those bowls can take ND/Big East team each season.

If ND makes the Gator, it poses a problem because there are only five bowls with Big East tie-ins, and a possibility of seven eligible teams from the conference. That means two teams could be shipped to other bowls if they have openings, or left home if there's no openings.

Charlotte was very happy with the UConn turnout. UConn sold it's 12,500 ticket allotment, which some other Big East schools haven't been able to do.

However, bowls usually don't take the same team two years in a row unless there's no other option. And if UConn doesn't finish strong, Charlotte won't even be an option. A bowl want to sell tickets, but also wants to avoid a one-sided game.

I think Toronto is now more likely for UConn. But I'll update my projections Thurdsay when I do the weekly college picks.

No problem with the questions. Keep them coming.

November 03, 2008 9:39 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If being an idiot or a shameless grandstander excluded one from being a member of Congress, the chamber would be empty.

November 07, 2008 11:01 AM 

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