Lee Evans: More surgery needed

Coming into the 2002 season rated as the best senior receiving prospect in the nation, in fact one of the best players period, its' been a rough eight months for Lee Evans and the situation just got a bit tougher.

At his press conference today, Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez opened by addressing the Lee Evans situation stating, "He's (Evans) had three different opinions to address the continued swelling  in the knee and consensus was the surgery must be redone."  The second procedure on the joint is scheduled for this Friday.  "I know there's a guarded optimism about total recovery of the knee. I guess your first question would be, will he come back, but that's probably the last thing on our minds right now. Most importantly that the surgery is done well and that he has full recovery," Alvarez continued staying on the topic.  

Adamant Evans did not re-injure the knee, Alvarez said "the consensus of the doctors is some sort of irritation was causing the recent reoccurrence of swelling to the joint" and it had nothing to do with his star receiver pressing to come back to fast.  

After originally injuring his knee during spring practice, Evans publicly stated a desire to return by October, just in time for to participate with the Badgers during the Big Ten portion of their schedule.  After that timetable was an impossibility, Evans decided almost a month ago to sit out the entire season and stated at that time, he would decide by the end of November whether to return to Wisconsin and finish his college eligibility or enter next April's draft.

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