Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boselli Injures Knee, out Indefinitely

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boselli Injures Knee, out Indefinitely

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer

At 9:57 a.m. at Ferrell Fields yesterday, it was so quiet you could almost hear a pin and a season drop.

The Jaguars watched in stunned silence as practice came to a halt while the trainers huddled around offensive tackle Tony Boselli, who was screaming in pain on the ground after injuring his knee while pass blocking on a routine play.

The immediate fear was that Boselli, who underwent surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after injuring it in the 1999 season finale, had suffered a similar injury that would sideline him for the season. That would have dealt a major blow to the Jaguars' playoff hopes.

Seven-and-a-half hours later, coach Tom Coughlin said Boselli's knee was stable, and he had not suffered ACL damage or cartilage damage. He said Boselli sustained a bone bruise.

Coughlin cautioned that the Jaguars would have more information today. He said Boselli was on crutches and in pain and gave no prognosis for how long he would be sidelined. He said Boselli had started the rehabilitation process at 3 p.m. yesterday.

Just last week, however, the Jaguars announced wide receiver Keenan McCardell had a groin strain. They later announced he had undergone a hernia operation.

Until Boselli actually returns to the field, it will be difficult to determine the extent of the injury.

Coughlin, though, appeared relieved.

"At this point, the information I have after a very thorough MRI and after multiple pictures [X-rays] and after the doctors looked at [them] very thoroughly, the knee is stable. There is a bone bruise. As far as I know right now, there is no cartilage damage and there is no damage to the ACL. It's a positive outlook at this point in time. I do not have any other information," Coughlin said.

"The findings were positive from our standpoint. Aggressive rehab is going to take place right away, and, hopefully, I'll have more information in the morning," he said.

Coughlin added that Boselli could put weight on the knee for the doctor's examination.

"If tomorrow morning after further examination, if the analysis is exactly the same, we'll just have to see how he tolerates [the aggressive rehab]," he said. …

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