Kendall Fuller Will Miss the Remainder of the Season

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Kendall Fuller

Kendall Fuller missed Saturday’s game against East Carolina with a knee injury.  That was bad.  On Tuesday, we got even worse news.  Fuller had meniscus surgery this morning, and will miss the remainder of the season.

Torrian Gray announced the surgery last night after Bud Foster told the media that he didn’t have an update on Fuller.  However, Gray didn’t have any details as to the extent of the injury, or how long Fuller will be out.

“He’s got to have some kind of procedure done,” Gray said.  “He’s probably going to miss this game for sure I would say.”

Gray didn’t elaborate further, but he did note that the injury originally took place in the preseason.

“It’s something he’s tried to battle through as long as he could, with him being a gamer and wanting to play,” Gray said.  “It just didn’t progress enough for him to play last week.”

Things were cleared up this morning when Virginia Tech put out a press release that officially stated that Fuller had meniscus surgery and will miss the rest of the 2015 season.

“Kendall was very determined to compete as long as he could with this injury,” Frank Beamer said. “While we are all disappointed that he is sidelined for the remainder of the season, we know Kendall will approach his rehab with a positive attitude and will continue to contribute to our team with his knowledge and leadership.”

Fuller missed the second scrimmage of August and was seen with his right knee wrapped on the sideline.  He wore the same type of knee support in games against Ohio State and Furman, and he was clearly not 100%.

He did not appear to wear the knee support in the Purdue game, but you might have noticed him come down hard on the knee in the corner of the endzone early in the first quarter on his pass interference call.  He came up gimpy, and it’s possible that the injury was made worse on that play.

If the surgery was only a simple meniscectomy, Fuller would have had full range of motion in one to two weeks, and could have been back on the field in four to six weeks.  However, apparently it is meniscus repair surgery, which puts players out for three to six months.  No, I’m not a medical doctor, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I did research meniscus injuries on WebMD.com.

The Tech coaches indicated that r-freshman Terrell Edmunds will start in place of Fuller at boundary corner against Pitt.  The Panthers have one of the best wide receivers in the country in Tyler Boyd, as well as a strong running game.

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  1. It sounds like if the coaches had held him out and recommended the surery when it was a minor thing preseason (or even earlier in the ‘exhibition season’), KF might’ve been back in a week or two. Instead, they played him and he injured it badly enough to require season ending surgery.
    Maybe I’m reading that incorrectly.

    1. You’re reading that incorrectly. The coaches and medical staff presented him with options preseason and he decided to try to play with it. He likely damaged it more and surgery became the only option.

      It was his decision, not the coaches.

    2. I don’t know whether you’re “reading it correctly” or not but that was a stupid, uninformed post.

  2. Wouldn’t be surprised if he comes back next year. Missing almost all of this season will certainly hurt his draft stock, maybe from a 1st rounder to a 3-4th rounder. Just trying to find a silver lining in a dark cloud.

  3. It’s not just that we are having injuries , but the injuries are to our best players…. My gosh who is next Maddi or Daddi ! Even our coaches are getting injured…. Not only our players cannot play in the game but our coaches cannot even make it to the game…. Wow…. Who pissed of the football Gods !

  4. Hope the healing goes well for him. Any chance he will get a medical red shirt and come back next year. I guess the NFL will still be knocking at his door pretty loudly.

    1. Doesn’t really need medical redshirt, he’s a true junior. He probably could though since he’s at 3/12 games played.

  5. VT injuries continuuuuuuuuuuue.
    Will Fuller come back next year or risk the NFL draft with an uncertainty about recovery from injury reducing his stock?

  6. “Gray didn’t elaborate further, but he did note that the injury originally took place in the preseason.”

    Wait, I thought Fuller didn’t play against ECU?

    All the best to Kendall – heal completely and quickly.

    1. I read from the article that something happened preseason, and then possibly was made worse from playing in the first 2-3. games.

  7. Say what you want about recruiting and the coaches, without injuries to Brewer, Fuller and Matu we just might be 4-0, Top 15 and looking very rosy right now. Very unfortunate for all involved.

    1. All true and I’m sure we all had high expectations for this season, however, after 3 -1/3 football seasons, we’re still in the same place, an average college football team by any measure. Will Stewart recently quoted Bill Parcells in his Monday Thoughts post, who said “You are what your record says you are”
      Wishing, hoping and thinking good thoughts are fine for the fan base, but they don’t win football games. You are right, it is very unfortunate for all involved. Unfortunately it is what it is.

      1. I think you and the previous poster are both correct. Were it not for a few injuries, we might be 4-0. However, our continued drop in recruiting and corresponding loss of depth puts us where we are. When one of our starters goes down, the “next man up” is not necessarily good enough or ready enough to step in. This is not the case at the Tier 1 schools, which have considerable talent depth.

        1. Understood and agree; somewhat cautiously. VT Football is entering a crossroads….may take a year, 2 or 3 to transpire, but definitely in transition. We all know it, it will happen, just don’t think we need to dwell on every detail or every word that is said. It is exhausting and being over analytical. Not sure when the tipping point is…..that being waiting any longer would be a detriment and I don’t think we will know until we get there.

          But my main point was that taking from the cliche “Things are not as bad or good as you may think”.

          I am not convinced we ever had true depth as a team; maybe a position now and again, but never across the board.

  8. A hard game just became harder. I’m gonna go ahead and give Boyd 100+ yards in this game already based on this news alone.

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