ACL

The player some had ranked as the #1 pick in the next NBA draft is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury.

ESPN reports University of Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in last night's loss at Florida.

The 6'10'' center was averaging 10 points, 10 rebounds, and over four blocks a game before the injury.

Robert Griffin III, the star rookie quarterback with the Washington Redskins, had his torn lateral collateral ligament repaired and a "re-do" of his previous anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. ESPN is reporting a full recovery is expected.

Griffin III is just one of the latest athletes to suffer a knee injury involving the ACL.

WKU Public Radio recently reported on the surgical and recovery process involved in ACL injuries. We profiled WKU senior wide receiver Marcus Vasquez, a wide receiver on the football team who came back this past season from a torn ACL.

Two other WKU athletes recovering from torn ACL's are sophomore basketball player Nigel Snipes, and women's freshman basketball player Kendall Noble.

WKU Herald

The WKU men's basketball team will be without one of their top reserves this season. Sophomore Nigel Snipes suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Monday, and will miss the entire 2012-13 season. A statement issued by WKU Athletics says a full recovery is expected in time for the 2013-14 season.

Kevin Willis

In WKU's season opening win last Saturday against Austin Peay, senior wide receiver Marcus Vasquez didn’t have a particularly amazing stat line: one catch for 25 yards. But the fact Vasquez was on the field at all is a tribute to the power of the human body, spirit—and the miracle of modern medicine.