RedHawk Insider spoke with Ms. Johnson about her Kenny and his injury prognosis. This is what she had to say:
The Bad News:
"No, it is not good news! He's out for the season. A torn cartilage. Monday night he was in so much pain. I took him to the emergency room. He was scheduled today to go see a specialist referred to me. His MRI. showed the (torn cartilage). Three different orthopaedic doctors reviewed it and found a tear. He is due to have surgery the day after the U.D. game. His wrist is really ugly looking and the bone is out of place.
I wanted to get a second opinion. He was scheduled to see a doctor yesterday, but when we were at the ER the second doctor called and told Kenny he had to get it repaired if he wants to play next year. So at least you will get to see him play next year."
The Good News:
"Oh yes, (the medical redshirt year) has been approved! He will be back next year ready to get his MAC player of the year (award). I've spoken to (Coach Charlie) Coles today to confirm everything. I just hope another player can pick up where Kenny left off at and play hard at guard. But he is officially out. He wanted to get it over with so he can play next year. At least he did not play enough games were he would not be eligible for a redshirt."
On Kenny's Replacements:
"The other guys on the team will just have to step up and create points on the board. The guards are going to have to find a way to score. It will be hard for me as his mother seeing him sitting on the side line. I think the team can move forward without Kenny on the court. I believe he will play a major roll as a team player encouraging the team from the bench."
Hayes had been one of MAC leaders in many statistical categories: 3-point field-goal percentage (2nd, .533); assists (5th, 3.75 apg); free-throw percentage (7th, .794); 3-point field goals (t-8th, 2.00 per game); assist/turnover ratio (8th, 1.20); scoring (13th, 13.9 ppg); field-goal percentage (12th, .466); minutes played (18th, 31.13).