Monday, April 03, 2017

UConn's Levenberry, Williams suffer knee injuries

Senior linebacker E.J.Levenberry suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will undergo surgery at a time yet to be announced.
UConn also announced that quarterback Donovan Williams will undergo orthoscopic surgery on his right knee to repair of meniscal injury. Both players will miss the remainder of spring practice. On Levenberry has his surgery, there will be a sense of whether he could play at all during the upcoming season although typically, it can take a year to get back onto the field after a torn ACL.
β€œI feel terrible for E.J.,” said UConn coach Randy Edsall in a statement. β€œHe has been working extremely hard and the injury was just one of those unfortunate instances. There was no contact, he just simply planted and the knee gave out. For Donovan, he was dealing with some discomfort last week and tried to play through it. He had an MRI and after speaking with the medical staff, it was determined that having this procedure immediately would be best.”
Levenberry suffered the injury Saturday during practice and will undergo surgery at a time to be determined later this week.
Williams will have surgery Tuesday. He had surgery in the off-season for a similar injury to his left knee.

Levenberry had 37 tackles during the 2016 season, the first that he was eligible to play after transferring from Florida State. He also had five tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks. He figured to step into a starting role following the graduation of Matt Walsh. UConn does have some depth at linebacker with the return of starters Junior Joseph and Vontae Diggs while Cam Stapleton has appeared in 34 games but I was expecting Levenberry to have a monster year for the Huskies.

Williams' development could have benefitted from the work in spring drills as both he and Bryant Shirreffs have the opportunity to impress the coaching staff before the arrival of three additional quarterbacks.


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