During a diagnostic arthroscopic procedure this morning, orthopedic surgeon Mike Fajgenbaum discovered that Hill had a damaged anterior cruciate ligament and went on to perform the reconstruction.
"Anthony had twisted his knee several weeks ago but tests were inclusive," said Fajgenbaum. "Until this morning, we were unsure of the extent of the injury."
"This is a difficult loss for our football team and for Anthony personally," said O'Brien. "But injuries are a part of the game so we need to try to look at the bright side. He still has a redshirt year so he should be able to have a successful rehabilitation period. The extra semesters will also help him achieve his goal of attaining his degree before pursuing what will hopefully be a long career in the NFL."
Hill, who earlier this week was named to the preseason ‘watch' list for the John Mackey Award, was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2006 after leading the Wolfpack in receptions with 45. He ranked fifth in the league with 3.75 receptions per game a year ago and was NC State's most experienced returning player on offense – tallying 1,038 snaps for his career. He has played in 27 career contests and started 20.