Lattimore injury: season-ending knee dislocation at minimum

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We already knew that, based on the replay video nauseatingly shown myriad times on every sports highlight show the past 24 hours, the official news on the severity of Marcus Lattimore‘s injury would be bad.  Just how bad it will ultimately be for the running back, though, remains unclear.

In his weekly Sunday teleconference, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that Lattimore suffered a dislocated knee cap in the win over Tennessee Saturday.  That was the extent to which Spurrier was willing to delve into the specifics of Lattimore’s injuries as he deferred to team doctors and medical staff for any further details, specifically as it relates to rumors surrounding significant, Willis McGahee-like ligament damage.

“No, I didn’t get that kind of report,” Spurrier said, when asked if the injury was similar to the one suffered in the 2002 BcS title game by McGahee, who tore three of the four major ligaments in his knee during Miami’s loss to Ohio State.

While the coach stated that “[w]e all hope and pray he’ll be back,” and that the team doctor said there’s a chance he could return to the playing field in 2013, “there could be a chance it could be two years down the road” for a return.  Such a timeline would mean that Lattimore might not play, at whatever level, until 2014.

Spurrier added that he and Lattimore have not discussed whether a return would be at the collegiate or NFL level.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.