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Ricky Seals-Jones: Left Knee Injury Should Be Cause for Concern for 5-Star ATH

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 7, 2012

One of the nation's biggest college football recruiting prospects, 5-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, had to be carted off the field at the end of the third quarter with a left knee injury. This is not good news for Seals-Jones, nor is it a good sign for any of his potential suitors.

Here's what happened via Dallas Jackson of

Minutes before the injury the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Seals-Jones -- who was playing in all three aspects of the game at quarterback, wide receiver, safety, and punt returner -- was treated for cramps, and many assumed that was what had slowed him from getting back to the defensive huddle.

Sealy head coach Jimmie Mitchell told the Houston Chronicle that he immediately knew it was more.

"I saw it down there and I'm sure everybody else did. It didn't look real promising," Mitchell told the paper.

The extent of the injury has not been determined, but speculation surrounding an injury to his ACL has surfaced in numerous reports.

While this is a horrible situation for the highly touted prospect, the good news is that it happened during the beginning of the year, which gives him plenty of time to rehab and get better.

The bad news with a player as explosive and athletic as Seals-Jones is that you can't ever feel good about how a knee injury will impact him moving forward.

What makes athletes like Seals-Jones so good is their explosiveness and range of motion. Unfortunately, a lot of that is connected to knee strength.

Whether it be getting a good jump off the line of scrimmage or being able to stick and come back on a route, if the knee is banged up or damaged then a lot of that explosion and crispness that makes Seals-Jones great could be hindered.

With rehab and medical attention there is a good chance he can get back to 100 percent and maybe even get stronger, but there has to be cause for concern.

Any loss of explosiveness would take Seals-Jones from a great player to just another athlete in the pack, and that would be unfortunate.

Hopefully, his knee will be alright and he'll get back to 100 percent sooner rather than later.


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