Big Loss For WVU

14 Jul

When the Mountaineers take the field this fall they will be without their starting veteran lineman Josh Jenkins. Jenkins suffered a season ending injury during West Virginia’s spring game.

The school said in a press release that Jenkins will miss the entire 2011 season.

“After waiting and rehabbing Jenkins’ left knee injury from the spring game, April 29, it became apparent that the patellar stability – kneecap – was not enough to play football at his level of ability effectively.

The MCL – Medial Collateral Ligament injury healed nicely, but there still remained concern. Therefore, Jenkins underwent successful surgery, Tuesday, July 5, by Dr Bal at Ruby Hospital, to tighten the medial (big toe side) patellar retinaculum to help better track the patella for its normal function. Jenkins remains in a leg brace for six weeks, then will regain strength and slowly regain any residual lost motion due to the immobilization period.

At the appropriate time, he will begin the back-to-run/play-progression, which all totaled will be 6 months from surgery until fully healed and strong enough to play FB. He should be fully participatory for winter training and then spring FB. He is entitled to Medical Hardship the 2011 season and return for senior year 2012.”

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