Through one and a half games to start the Kentucky Wildcats’ 2019 football season, second year quarterback Terry Wilson appeared to be extremely comfortable operating in the team’s system and had shown progressive strides of improvement from last year.
However, during Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan, Wilson went down with a knee injury that resulted in the UK quarterback being carted off the football field.
On Sunday afternoon, ‘twas confirmed that Wilson would indeed miss the rest of the 2019 campaign due to a torn patellar tendon. While the team must play on, the second-year starter will have a unique and challenging road to recovery, as detailed by the Lexington-Herald Leader:
[ESPN injury analyst and physical therapist Stephania Bell], citing a June 2016 study published by the American Journal of Sports Medicine, said that in a sample of more than 550 orthopedic procedures performed on NFL players, those who underwent patellar tendon repairs fared the worst when it came to performance metrics (yards gained, touchdowns, etc.) and rate of return. Their explosiveness and strength are the most difficult things to recover.
“And their careers were shortened overall significantly,” Bell said. “It’s not to say that one individual can’t come back and be phenomenal, but it’s telling you that the odds are against them in terms of returning to form.”
However, behind the program’s training staff and resources, Wilson should be in good hands, but it’s clear that him ever getting back to being 100% of the player he was may never come.
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