Spring Practice – Day #3 CARSON YORK ENCOURAGED TO BE BACK IN THE DUCKS STARTING LINEUP IN SEPTEMBER
The last vision most of us remember of senior offensive lineman Carson York is of him leaving the playing field of the Rose Bowl on January 2nd on a rolling stretcher after severely injuring his right knee against the Big 10 Champion Wisconsin Badgers.
It was late in the second half when York slumped to the ground and laid motionless for several minutes until team doctors and medical staff arrived to place York on the stretcher and wheel him off the field. York certainly knew it was a serious injury, but how serious was yet to be determined. York would learn later he tore his patellar tendon completely in half requiring a surgeon to sew it back together. Doctors and other specialists say an injury of this nature would have a rehabilitation time of approximately 12 months.
But don’t tell that to York. It seems he’s on his own rehabilitation schedule. With great doctors, a lot of rest and one of the best training facilities in the country, York is already in his uniform taking part in spring football drills. An amazing feat considering the severity of the injury. Now, let’s not get carried away. York isn’t participating in contact drills or pushing heavy sleds 30 yards down the field, but he’s told reporters he’s running and doctors have allowed him to make the decision of what drills he feels comfortable taking part in. “I’m going to find out what I can and can’t do” said York after Friday’s workout. I’m doing everything I possibly can. I’ll give everything a try. If I feel I can do it, I’ll do it,…if not I’ll hold back.”
Of all the returning offensive lineman, York is considered the best of the group and certainly the player with the most experience at that position. Losing York for an extended period would certainly cause concern for the Duck coaches and force them to speed up the learning process for those with less in-game experience. But as of now, York expects to be in the lineup come September.
Asked if he’s ever had a knee injury before, York quickly responded “no”. “I have beautiful knees” said York. “I’ve never had anything wrong with my knee before. I’ve had a little tendon pop,… we thought it was a meniscus so we MRI’d it last season and the doctors told me I have the best cartilidge for an O-lineman he’s seen.”
York said he feels great and will continue to work hard throughout the spring and summer to get ready for fall camp. Certainly good news for York. And even better news for the Ducks.