Posted by Jerry Hinnen
It has not been a good spring for anterior cruciate ligaments in the state of Arizona.
And it only got worse yesterday, with the news that starting Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer will undergo surgery next week to repair a torn ACL suffered in Saturday's spring game. Fischer will miss at least the start of the 2011 season, if not longer.
The bad news for the Wildcats is that Fischer -- who finished in the team's top six in tackles, tackles-for-loss, and sacks last year -- will likely be replaced by a trio of true freshmen who haven't even arrived on campus yet, per the Arizona Daily Star. The worse news is that Fischer is the third Wildcat to tear his ACL this spring, following starting safety Adam Hall and backup running back Greg Nwoko.
So is there any silver lining to the Wildcats' injury woes? If there is, it's that their in-state rivals in Tempe have it just as bad in the torn ligament department, if not worse.
We're not aware of anything that could be slipped into Arizona's drinking water that would attack the ACLs of college athletes. But officials might want to start checking, just to be certain.