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How bad is Landon Young’s injury? Details about UK player’s surgery, recovery.

Former Lafayette standout Landon Young suffered a knee injury and will miss the 2018 season, a UK spokesman confirmed on Saturday. It’s the second straight year the Cats have lost their starting left tackle before the first game.
Former Lafayette standout Landon Young suffered a knee injury and will miss the 2018 season, a UK spokesman confirmed on Saturday. It’s the second straight year the Cats have lost their starting left tackle before the first game. Lexington Herald-Leader file photo

As is often the case with injuries, Kentucky wasn’t super specific about what happened to the knee of left tackle Landon Young, who went down Friday during a non-contract drill.

A UK spokesman confirmed that the surgery repaired lateral meniscus in his left knee, not a torn ligament of any kind for the former Lafayette standout.

The surgery was performed early this week and was a success, offensive line coach John Schlarman confirmed Tuesday afternoon, adding that Young has “handled it first class and I know he’s going to get back to full strength in no time at all.”

That doesn’t mean Young is going to be back this season. No UK official has said that but, generally, Young’s rehabilitation should be less complicated than for a player coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

It was a bit of a freak injury for Young, the second left tackle to go down in the preseason for Kentucky in as many seasons. A year ago, senior Cole Mosier tore his ACL in a scrimmage before the start of the season.

Young’s injury happened in non-contact drills.

Working just fit, hands, basic things,” head coach Mark Stoops described Monday. “Had a weird, I don’t know if he put his foot in a divot, got hit awkwardly and got an injury. Really disappointed for Landon and for our football team.”

In a tweet this week, Young said: “The lord has a plan for me and sometimes that means obstacles in my path. I know my team will be fine and still do amazing things this year! I will be working hard to come back even stronger next year.”

For a look at what Kentucky plans to do to replace Young this season, here’s a link to my story on Thursday about E.J. Price and Naasir Watkins.

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