South Carolina clarifies Ryan Hilinski's injury status, confirms QB will have surgery
A report from ABC-Columbia earlier Tuesday said that South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski would have knee surgery to repair an ACL and meniscus injury suffered in the win at Georgia on Oct. 12. The school this afternoon issued a statement clarifying Hilinski’s status and plans for surgery.
The Gamecocks said Hilinski will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a small tear of the lateral meniscus in his left knee. The date of the surgery is still to be determined. Media reports stating that Hilinski suffered a torn ACL are completely erroneous. Hilinski is expected to be at full strength when the team begins its winter workouts in January.
Hilinski started the final 11 games of the regular season, and completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,357 yards and 11 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. He set the school record by throwing 180 passes without an interception, and set freshman records for pass attempts and completions.
“We are completely comfortable with how Ryan has been handled by the coaching and medical staff at South Carolina,” said Ryan’s father, Mark Hilinski in the school’s release. “There was no risk of further injury with his knee so Ryan continued to play and we supported his decision to do so. While it may not be necessary, he is opting to have this procedure done to get back to full go as quickly as possible.”
Team doctor Dr. Jeff Guy added, “The University of South Carolina is in full accord with the NCAA in regards to student-athlete welfare. All medical-related decisions about a player’s availability are made by the medical staff only, and then relayed to the coaching staff.”