UW coach Steve Sarkisian has just announced via his web site that running back Deontae Cooper has suffered another knee injury.
Here’s his statement:
“I am saddened and dismayed to report that Deontae Cooper has torn the ACL in his right knee while participating in a non-contact drill during practice. Deontae has done everything we have asked of him, and has been an example to his teammates with his hard work in the classroom, and the dedication he showed in returning from two previous ACL surgeries in his left knee. Our football program will do everything we can to support him in this tough time.”
This is obviously devastating news for a player the Huskies had hoped would be able to come back and play again this season.
I was among those who talked to Cooper on Monday, when he was able to participate in some of practice, and wrote this story.
Here are a few more thoughts on this now that I’ve written a story on this for the paper.
As you may have noticed reading the linked story and the UW statement, today’s injury was to his other knee — he had torn the ACL in the left knee twice previously.
Cooper had not participated in 11-on-11 drills the first two days, so his absence from those today wasn’t notable, the reason some of us may have written everything seemed normal personnel-wise. Not sure exactly when he got hurt.
It’s worth passing along again the video of Cooper speaking to a few of us after practice on Monday, He was obviously happy to be back out there and optimistic about the season might hold.
Here also is a story I wrote in March, 2011, about Cooper’s rehab from his initial injury.