Signal’s Wright Recuperating After MCL Injury

Eagles Defensive End Hoping To Return To Play In Another Couple Of Weeks

Monday, August 27, 2012 - by Judy Frank
Outfitted with crutches and a knee brace following a painful MCL injury, sidelined SMMHS defensive end Jacob Wright (left) stayed until the end of his team's Aug. 17 game with East Hamilton.
Outfitted with crutches and a knee brace following a painful MCL injury, sidelined SMMHS defensive end Jacob Wright (left) stayed until the end of his team's Aug. 17 game with East Hamilton.
This isn’t the way defensive end Jacob Wright wanted to spend his third year with the Signal Mountain Eagles.

The SMMHS junior, who was injured during the Eagles’ Aug. 17 game with East Hamilton, suffered a dislocated kneecap and grade II MCL injury.

“Another guy got knocked down and his legs swung around and caught my left knee,” he said matter-of-factly. “It was a freak accident.”

At first, he said, the pain was so bad he lay on the field in shock.
But athletic trainer Casey Riley and his coaches – “the best coaching staff in the state,” he is convinced – were beside him instantly, and within minutes Ms. Riley had popped his dislocated kneecap back into place.

He had another stroke of good luck, Wright said. Dr. Todd Bell of the locally renowned Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, who was attending the game, walked over to where he was lying and began assessing the injuries to his leg

“He felt around the inside of my knee and told me I probably had a torn MCL,” he said. “He set me up with an MRI and called me in a prescription . . . Then they got me some crutches and a brace, and I stood there and watched till the end of the game.”

Wright’s goal, from that moment on, has been to get back on the field and play with his team again. Toward that end, he spent the weekend after the accident icing his injured knee and resting it so it could begin to heal.

Since then, at the direction of his doctor and his athletic trainer, he has worked to keep himself in shape to play and, at the same time, avoid re-injuring his knee.

He attends team practices, which are held four days a week and last an average 90 minutes to two hours.
But instead of working out with defensive end Elijah Turnage and defensive tackles James McClellan and William Franklin – “we’re like brothers, we’re a team,” he explained – Wright spends the time doing stretching exercises and squats (without weights) and walking the sidelines.

Ms. Riley, his trainer, is closely supervising his recuperation, he said. “She told me to push myself hard . . . keep walking until I’m too sore to walk any more.”

It hasn’t been easy, Wright admitted, but it’s taught him an important lesson: “Never take anything for granted . . . Nobody is invincible.”

Soon, he’s determined, he will be back playing. He’ll be wearing a brace to protect his knee, he said, “but I’ll be back with my team.”


Lee Wins In Overtime At Valdosta State Thanksgiving Tournament

 In an old fashioned shootout, the Lee men’s basketball team converted 5-of-6 free throws in overtime and turned back a talented College of Coastal Georgia team in the first day of the Valdosta State Thanksgiving Classic on Friday evening. Regulation play ended with the contest knotted at 86. The Flames controlled the tip in overtime and finally gained the lead they never ... (click for more)

UTC vs Fordham: Battle of Running Backs and QBs

"Fordham's Chase Edmonds is the best running back in the country at the FCS level. We have to contain him and get him on the ground."  -- UTC head coach Russ Huesman     Fordham has the best running back in the FCS nation, a talented quarterback (29 TD passes) and an outstanding linebacker who leads a ball-hawking defense. UTC has an impressive ... (click for more)

Shots Fired From Vehicle; Police Locate Car And Arrest 5 Youths With Guns

Chattanooga Police said shots were fired from a vehicle on Friday afternoon, then officers located the vehicle and arrested five youths with guns.   That comes after a spate of shooting violence in which two women were killed and several other people injured by bullets.   Just after 4 p.m. Friday,  officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded ... (click for more)

City Considering Measure That Would Require City Employees To Be Tennessee Residents

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would require city employees to be residents of the state of Tennessee. The city has employees who live in North Georgia and North Alabama and that is allowed.  If the ordinance is approved by the City Council, it still would need to be okayed by a majority of city voters in an election. The measure will be considered ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)