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Brian Hamilton of SI.com is reporting through a source that Arizona Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright had a procedure Saturday to clean up a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee.
Wright, a junior preseason All-American linebacker, could return for Pac-12 play against UCLA on Sept. 26, a source with knowledge of the situation told Hamilton.
“It was better than everyone thought,” the source said.
Wright hurt his knee in the first half of a season-opening win over Texas-San Antonio on Thursday. He used a cane on the sideline to maneuver around.
Rich Rodriguez is expected to comment more on Wright’s situation during Monday’s weekly press conference.
I’ve read many articles by doctors on meniscus tears and they write that recovery time depends on the age and fitness level of the person. Wright, of course, is young and in top shape.
Doctors prescribe slight movement in the knee to guard against muscle atrophy.
One sports medicine specialist writes: “If you simply had the piece cleared out of the knee, then you can resume fairly normal activities as tolerated.”
“In general, young, healthy active people with no evidence of osteoarthritis will experience a more rapid recovery,” Howard J. Luks, M.D., continues. “Typically measured in days or a few weeks. Most people are off crutches in a day, and stop taking pain medicine within a day or two.”
Of course, this news from SI.com is through a source and it’s only speculation about how long Wright will be out. He may return against UCLA. He may not. One thing is for sure, Arizona and the Wright family will not rush the star player on the field until he is able to perform at the highest possible level.
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