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Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson to undergo MRI on injured knee

Quarterback hurt late in Friday's semifinal loss to Tucker

POSTED: December 8, 2013 10:48 p.m.

Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson will undergo an MRI early this week to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered in the closing minutes of Friday night’s 20-14 loss to Tucker in the Class AAAAA state semifinals, Red Elephants coach Bruce Miller confirmed Sunday morning.

“I think he has a slight sprain in his MCL ligament,” Miller said. “He went back in the game after he was hurt. He just couldn’t run as well. He’ll have an MRI done this week to make sure nothing else is wrong in there.”

Miller said the doctors don’t believe any ligaments are torn in Watson’s knee, although they won’t be for certain until looking at the results of the MRI.

“I just texted him, and he said he was feeling good,” Miller said.

The recovery time for a sprained ligament is “a couple weeks,” according to Miller, whereas a tear in his ACL would require surgery and 8-12 months of recovery.

Watson, the state’s all-time leading passer, planted into the field turf at Hallford Stadium late in the fourth quarter and was down on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field. He later returned to the game and played the Red Elephants’ final drive.

The 6-foot-3 Watson is set to enroll at Clemson in January. If healthy, he is expected to compete for the Tigers’ starting quarterback position, a job left vacant by departing senior Tajh Boyd, a close friend to Watson.

Watson finished his four-year career with the Red Elephants with 13,077 passing yards and 155 touchdowns. He rushed for 4,057 yards and another 59 scores.

He led the Red Elephants to their first state championship in school history as a member of the Georgia High School Association in 2012 and was named the Georgia Sportswriters Association's Player of the Year.

Just last week, Watson was named the Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year, putting him in the running for National Player of the Year, after passing for 3,517 yards and 46 touchdowns and rushing for 1,016 yards with 13 scores through the quarterfinal round.


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