LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has strained left MCL; MRI tomorrow

Nov 29, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) is helped off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

In the final minutes of the LSU Tigers regular season finale against the Arkansas Razorbacks, senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger had his leg awkwardly bent as an Arkansas defender applied pressure and landed on the leg, which was already heavily braced.

Mettenberger limped off the field with the help of the training staff, but it appears that he has been able to avoid a serious injury.

According to a source, Mettenberger has been initially diagnosed with a strained MCL. Mettenberger will undergo further testing on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury, which could prove to be a sprained MCL. confirmed the news with sources close to the team. The news was first reported by Campus SportsNet.

While the MCL injury will take multiple weeks to recover, the good news is that Mettenberger could be available to play in the Tigers bowl game. That will be determined by the severity of damage to the MCL.

We will update you with more information as it becomes available.

Topics: Football, LSU Tigers, Zach Mettenberger

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  • Katie Ford

    Good to know that Mettenberger is doing alright, but the seriousness of an MCL tear (also known as a grade 3 sprain) could, depending on a few other factors, prevent him from playing. Also I would like to point out that there is no such thing as a strained MCL. Since the MCL is a ligament, it can only be sprained. The further testing today is to find out what grade the sprain is and if there are any other injuries to the knee since initial examinations are not always reliable there could be more to it than just a sprained MCL.

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