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Clipper’s Livingston Lost For Season

Despite optimistic early reports an MRI showed that not only did Shaun Livingston dislocate his tibia-femoral and patella, he tore his MCL (medial collateral ligament), ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), and lateral meniscus. For those keeping track it means he tore three out of the four key knee ligaments that hold the knee together (he didn’t tear the LCL [lateral collateral ligament]). For the one piece of good news, Livingston did not damage any nerves or tear an artery (which happened to San Jose State football player Neil Parry and led to his leg being amputated about seven inches below the knee). Livingston will likely face multiple surgeries, many months of rehab and is expect to miss the next 8 to 12 months. I wish him the best of luck on the road to recovery; I’ve seen my fair share of knee ligament tears and what it takes to get your knee back into shape.

Warning: In the link to the ESPN story, they have a video link showing the injury as it happened during the game. It’s not obscene but definitely not for the squeamish, its one of those Theisman-esque injuries.

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