Rocky heads to LA for medical advice

ELY – The sore surgically repaired knee to starting quarterback Rocky Hinds may be worse than first thought.

Hinds departed team camp here on Sunday and flew home to Los Angeles to meet with former LA Rams team doctor Clarence Shields of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic to have an MRI of his right knee reviewed. Hinds has had two major ACL surgeries on the knee and a third minor one while at USC.

Hinds tweaked the knee when he lost his balance during a ball security drill at UNLV last week. He will meet with Shields on Tuesday to review an MRI of the injury.

"They're going to examine him and then look at the MRI as well as his other MRIs," UNLV coach Mike Sanford said. "That is the doctor who did the surgery and they are going to examine him and see if there are any issues. We'll see."

Sanford said he still holds out hope that Hinds will still play this season.

"I wouldn't say that yet," Sanford said when asked if he was proceeding with practice as though Hinds won't be able to play this year. "I would say that we're going to wait until we get the results of this thing. The range could be all extremes. It could be nothing and it could be something that they have to scope it. Who knows?"

Hinds had swelling in the knee that forced him to sit out most of the drills on Saturday here. But Sanford said the swelling went down before he departed on Sunday for southern California.

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