Recovery Update

Two West Virginia football players have undergone surgeries since the end of the season, while others are continuing to progress through various stages of rehabilitation in preparation for spring practice.

According to WVU head trainer Dave Kerns, the following players have had surgery since the Mountaineers' 70-33 win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl:

  • RB Dustin Garrison (L Knee) – Garrison suffered an ACL/MCL injury on Dec. 20, and had surgery to repair the damage on Jan. 13. The surgery went well, but it is too soon to speculate on a return to activity date.

  • LB Jewone Snow (Shoulders)- Snow had surgery on Jan. 6 for a cartilage tear in his left shoulder, and will undergo the same procedure in February on his right shoulder. He will miss spring practice, but a full recovery is expected.

  • LB Donovan Miles (Hand) - Miles suffered a broken bone in his hand that required surgery on Jan. 8. He played in the second half of the ORange Bowl with the injury. He could participate in spring practice with some protection on the hand.

    Several other players who underwent surgeries earlier in the season have also continued to make progress in their recovery:

  • DB Terrell Chestnut (Shoulder) – HAd surger on his left shoulder on Aug. 31 to repair a recurring dislocation problem. He could be cleared for full activity in another month, and is expected to participate in spring practice.

  • S Terence Garvin (Knee) - Had surgery on Dec. 11 to repair a cartilage tear in his left knee. He will miss spring practice, but should be cleared for some summer work and is expected back for the start of fall practice.

  • OL Josh Jenkins (Knee) – Jenkins is participating fully after surgery to repair a patellar dislocation. He will participate in spring practice.

  • LB Doug Rigg (Wrist) Rigg has been cleared for all activity after recovering from surgery for a broken wrist on Sept. 29.

  • WR Connor Arlia (Fibula/internal injuries) - Continues to recover after a jet ski accident suffered prior to the Orange Bowl in which he broke his right fibula. He is scheduled for scans and evaluations at the end of January to determine his status.

    Two graduated Mountaineers are also on the mend after career-ending surgeries.

  • DL Josh Taylor (Knee) - Tried to play through an ACL injury sustained in the Rutgers game, but was unable to do so. He had surgery on Jan. 13 and is in the initial stages of recovery after a successful procedure.

  • WR Brad Starks (Knee)- Starks had surgery on Nov. 18 to repair an ACL injury sustained against Louisville. Like Taylor he wanted to play out his senior year, but the severity of the injury prevented that. He continues to progress in his rehabilitation work.

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