Stanford RB Love reveals December ACL surgery
Former Stanford running back Bryce Love revealed Friday that after announcing he would skip the team's bowl game against Pittsburgh to focus on the 2019 NFL Draft, he actually underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Love suffered the injury in the regular-season finale against rival Cal on Dec. 1 and had the surgery performed on Dec. 18 by Dr. James Andrews.
In a statement to Yahoo Sports, Love said he is "on the path to recovery" and vowed to come back stronger than ever.
"I'm very grateful to Dr. Andrews and his team for making the surgery a seamless process," Love said.
"Obviously, there's no such thing as an ideal injury, but I'm on the path to recovery, and my goal remains the same - getting drafted by an NFL team and being the ultimate professional. I'll be back better than I've ever been."
After rushing for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2017, when he was the Heisman Trophy runner-up, Love was held to just 739 yards and six touchdowns last season. He averaged just 4.5 yards per carry in 10 games, which was likely the result of a nagging ankle injury. He missed three games with injuries.
Stanford coach David Shaw said after the Cal game that he expected Love to maintain a lofty draft status, despite the drop in production in the 2018 season.
"This guy, on one ankle, in the last two years has made more plays than anybody with two healthy ankles," Shaw said. "It's not just the stats. It's the film. And people who know anything will see that."
Love said he intends to attend the NFL scouting combine in February but will be limited as he continues to rehab.
--Field Level Media
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