Well in another big story that we’re following tonight, Florida State quarterback, Deondre Francois is out for the remainder of the season. This tackle right here in their game against Alabama tearing his patella tendon. The injuries are pretty common in football, but tonight we’re learning this particular injury is more rare. Right now we know Francois is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning tonight. Our Tiffany Lewis looks deeper into this type of injury and what the recovery process looks like. It’s the last thing Florida State fans wanted to see. Deondre Francois out for the season with a torn patella tendon.
So if your patellar tendon is ruptured, you’re really unable to hold your leg straight. So given that you can’t walk or run or do any sort of normal daily activities. The patella tendon is located directly below the kneecap, holding it to the shin. The surgery takes just about an hour, but the recovery is much longer. By eight weeks, they should have regained close to full range of motion and then the majority of the rehab after that time, once they’ve regained motion, is focused on regaining strength. Nikki Karnaselli, an FSU student was watching the game Saturday.
I was thinking definitely ACL or something, but I was surprised for patella. I really was. I was surprised. Karnaselli is all too familiar with Francois injury two years ago. He also tore his patella tendon. I stopped physical therapy at like six months. I continued biking, running, and uh, it felt a lot better. But with this surgery, it takes time. It takes about a year to a year and a half for all the pain to go away.
But just like him, Karnaselli says that with lots of rehab, he could definitely see Francoise returning next season.
I’m sure the physical therapy for Francois and from the Florida State faculty, and they’re going to get him up and going again
With the hope of him getting back on the field.
In Tallahassee.Tiffany Lewis WCTV Eye Witness News.
Now the average recovery time for this injury is seven to 10 months. But doctors say they’ve seen some athletes recover and as little as six.