Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Pack QB's injury won't require surgery

N.C. State’s Russell Wilson has a tear of his posterior cruciate ligament in his knee that will require several weeks of limited activities followed by rehabilitation, the school announced Tuesday.

School sports information director Annabelle Myers said Wilson’s status for the 2008 baseball season and spring football practice is uncertain.

Doctors will have to see how he responds to treatment before deciding whether he can play.

But the injury will not require surgery and Myers said it is not expected to keep the first-team All-ACC quarterback from playing football in the fall.

Wilson sprained his knee late in the second quarter during the Papajohns.com Bowl. The injury was diagnosed at halftime, and Wilson did not return in the second half.

Wilson underwent an MRI this week that confirmed team doctors’ diagnosis of a sprain.

The 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year, Wilson finished the season with 249 straight passes without an interception, the longest active streak in the nation.

- Ken Tysiac