John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam is expected to miss Friday's state semifinal game, but the injury that knocked him out of last week's contest is not as bad as originally feared.
Elam was diagnosed with a dislocated patella in his left knee after an MRI on Monday, John Hardin Coach Chad Lewis told the Herald-Leader. Lewis said Elam is "very doubtful" for Friday night's matchup against undefeated Bowling Green. The winner of that contest will advance to the Class 5A state finals.
The 6-foot-6 lineman was injured during the fourth quarter of last week's victory over Bullitt East.
The John Hardin football family was bracing for the worst, which would have been a more serious ACL or meniscus injury. "Thank goodness for no tear," Lewis said.
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A five-star prospect according to 247Sports, Elam is considering Kentucky, Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State and Louisville. The favorites in his recruitment are UK and Alabama, and he is scheduled to take official visits to those two schools on consecutive weekends in December. He will announce his college decision Jan. 4 and be eligible to sign in February.