Figure we'll need a thread on this if/when there is news. I'm holding out hope that it's not as serious as I fear.
I've played soccer for a long time, and as crazy as this sounds, I'll take an impact injury over a twisting injury any day of the week.
Most impact injuries I've seen usually swell up the size of a grapefruit for a few days, but the player is back within a week or two.
The impact of twisting injuries is pretty well known...
K just said in the post game presser that it "is not a minor injury" or something very much like that. He went on to say he did NOT think it was an ACL but that it did appear somewhat serious
Please oh please just be a deep bruise. No ligaments, fingers crossed!
I am hoping it is a bruise that can heal within the week. Looked like he and Drew bumped knees which I have done and it hurts like crazy, but usually gets better fairly quickly.
Worst case scenario is that he twisted and tore something.
I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope is a bruise.
I pray to the (Blue) Devil for a fast recovery.
In the replay, it actually looked like he hyper-extended it a bit. I am concerned about it based on his reaction.
He also stepped on Drew's foot I thought so that's why I'm very worried. It makes it even more imperative that Mason steps up.
2009-2010 can't come soon enough.
Listening to Coach K in postgame. Says they are worried and it is serious, but they won't know for 24 hours. Hopes it's not season ending.
Ignorant question - can a bruised knee look that bad? Lance was on the floor for a while and winced in pain A LOT. I have no sports medicine experience, so I have no idea how bad a bruised knee can be. Due to Lance's reaction, and I hate to be the pessimist, but I would have thought it to be much more serious, like an ACL or MCL.
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An impact injury is going to be serious in the sense that it's going to swell up and keep the player from putting any weight on it for several days. So I'd be worried about that as a coach as well. It can also cause some nagging pains even after you can run on it.
That said, the healing time is dramatically faster. I'm hoping it's that until I hear otherwise.
Even though K said it would be 24 hours before he would know Lance's status, the fact that he was talking about playing without him suggests K's already figuring Lance won't be back for a while. I think it was also notable that K brought all this up on his own, not in response to a direct question about Lance's status.
My impression is that it would be difficult to cause a ligament tear with very little to no rotation. A direct impact is more indicative of a deep and severe bruise. Did he rotate his knee though? Would have to see the replay.
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