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Clevan Thomas suffers torn ACL; Jamal Murray has successful ACL surgery

Both players are facing extended rehab periods that will affect their availability for the rest of 2021.

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Some unfortunate news is coming out of Lexington this morning, as Kentucky receiver Clevan Thomas has reportedly suffered a torn ACL. KSR broke the news.

Thomas, a former Class of 2017 recruit out of Florida, has battled injuries throughout his career and has just 16 career receptions. He caught one pass this past season.

Despite the lack of production, Thomas is someone who the coaching staff consistently praised for how well he performed in practice and offseason workouts. There was hope 2021 would be the year he finally broke out under new offensive coordinator Liam Coen.

Now, it looks as though Thomas won’t play this year, as an ACL tear typically has a 6-8 month recovery timeframe.

While one current Wildcat is dealing with an ACL tear, former Wildcats star Jamal Murray just underwent successful ACL surgery, the Denver Nuggets announced Wednesday.

Murray was injured in the final minute of a loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 12. While driving for a layup, Murray landed awkwardly on his left foot and fell to the court. He was later diagnosed with an ACL tear, the first major injury he’s had in his five-year NBA career.

Murray, just 24 years old, is averaging 21.2 points and 4.8 assists this season and once again had the Nuggets among the NBA’s top teams record-wise.

Best lof luck to both of these guys as they begin their journey back to full health.

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