Injury Updates

Injury Updates

As summer strength and conditioning work continues for the majority of the players that make up West Virginia's football roster, head trainer Dave Kerns is working closely with others to rehabilitate various injuries in the hopes of having them all healthy by the start of preseason practices in August.

An statement from WVU's sports information office contained brief updates on the statuses of four of the Mountaineers' presumptive starters on offense.

Wide receiver Brad Starks, who underwent surgery in April to repair a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, will undergo another procedure on June 21 to remove a screw that was inserted at that time. "Then [we will] progress his activity levels slowly," Kerns said in the statement.

A trio of offensive lineman also has issues to overcome.

Jeff Braun and Don Barclay, who both underwent offseason shoulder surgeries, "are in month five of [a] six-month progression" according to Kerns.

Braun and Barclay are "doing everything in progression" at this point in the summer with the lone exception of the overhead press exercise, which isolates and strains the shoulder muscles.

Their teammate along the front five, Josh Jenkins, has fully recovered from the MCL sprain he sustained during the Gold-Blue Spring Game at the conclusion of practices in April.

However, Kerns said Jenkins' patella issue remains "unresolved."

At the time of Jenkins' injury, an MRI showed a strain of the medial retinaculum, which holds the patella in place so it will not dislocate laterally. No timetable or course of action was delineated in Kerns' statement.

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