In sports nowadays, it’s tough to determine which is more common: a player being out with flu-like symptoms, or a player being out with a torn ACL. It is happening far too often, as ACLs have become the new Achilles tendon, where it seemed as if 15-20 years ago or so, Achilles were torn at this alarming rate.
Last night, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel landed awkwardly after attempting to block the shot of a player from Florida. He immediately went down, writhing in pain. Sure enough, he’s done for the year with a torn ACL. I’ve almost become numb to this injury.
The talented freshman was injured in Tuesday night’s loss to the Florida Gators.
Kentucky medical staff said surgery is expected in the next two to three weeks.
The 6-foot-10 Noel landed awkwardly on his left knee and then slammed the knee into the basket support after chasing down Florida’s Mike Rosario on a fast break and blocking the shot with 8:03 left in No. 25 Kentucky’s 69-52 loss to the seventh-ranked Gators.