Death. Taxes. Chuckie Keeton is out with another knee injury. These are things you come to expect if you are a Utah State football fan.
The leaves are changing, and lo, just as summer turns into fall, down goes Keeton for the umpteenth time, it seems. The former Heisman Trophy candidate just can’t seem to catch a break–no pun intended.
In fact, if his knee could not bend in some weird way, or actually not splinter into tiny pieces that would be great, says every Utah State fan. Meanwhile, the Aggies are now 1-2 on the season, limping into a bye week–thanks in part to some Utah Utes player who barreled into Keeton’s knee two weeks ago. Everyone could see Keeton hobbling around in that game, so you had to think it was only a matter of time before something bad happened.
Then if things weren’t bad enough for Keeton, he sprained his ligament in the other knee–not the one the Utes player smashed into–at Washington the following week. Down for the count for four to six weeks, say Utah State officials, who ruled Keeton out on Tuesday after tests concluded he sprained his medial collateral ligament, or MCL.
Leave it to some jerks from the big, bad Pac-12 to ruin part of Keeton’s fifth season in college football. The terms ACL (or anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (you already know) have seemed more like cuss words to the fifth-year senior out of Houston.
About the only part of the knee Keeton hasn’t injured, sprained, bent or broken in some weird way is his neck–which he banged up in his freshman year. Other than that bizarre injury that saw him rolled off Aloha Stadium on a cart, Keeton–drum roll please–tore both his ACL and MCL in 2013 and then watched his 2014 season come to an end after he wrecked his knee turning the corner on a designed running play.
Now there’s this piece of unfortunate news, which Keeton–naturally–didn’t take all that well, considering he’s been a medical cadaver now for the past three years. “No love,” tweeted the Utah State QB Monday with three crying emojis–probably after hearing the awful news.
Can’r really blame Keeton for reacting in this way. In the meantime, waiting in the wings doing warmup tosses is sophomore Kent Myers, who filled in quite well for Keeton last year as he threw for over 800 yards and five touchdowns. Myers can also run the football, accounting for over 300 rushing yards and more more TDs last seaon.
So Myers is the man and Keeton is out–again. While it doesn’t seem fair that Keeton has to sit out a few more games this year, at least he didn’t tear his ACL this time and he’ll likely be back in time for the Aggies big games in November.