University of Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan is one of the bright youngsters on the Wildcats defense, but the 6-foot-1, 220-pound sophomore has played the first two games in a cast after having surgery on his right wrist. Trevathan has 11.5 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss so far this season. He spoke this week about how he's dealt with his injury.
Question: How different has it been for you playing in a cast?
Answer: I've been learning how to use my hands, so that's been beneficial, but it's been tough to deal with.
Q: Has the pain from surgery subsided?
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A: The pain is still right there, right now. It hurts, but I try to put my teammates first and fight through it.
Q: How did the injury occur?
A: I started noticing pain about a month ago. I knew something was wrong with it, but I didn't want to tell anybody, so I just waited. (Trainer) Jim (Madaleno) saw me favoring it and told me to come in and get an X-ray. I knew it was bad.
Q: What's been the toughest adjustment?
A: Trying to shed blocks and wrap up tackles. I've been working on getting my feet together. I can use my feet when my hands aren't working.
Q: How long will you have to wear the cast?
A: Last week I found out I had to wear it the whole year, so I'm going to learn how to roll with it. I need my hands, but at the same time you've got to do what you've got to do. I'll have surgery to get the pin out after the season."