After a dominating 31-17 victory, the Sunday shine of the first victory of the 2019 season is dimmed just a little with the unfortunate news of junior linebacker MoMo Sanogo’s injury. Rebel Grove’s Neal McCready is reporting that the Rebels’ starting middle linebacker has suffered a broken ankle and will have surgery early this week. McCready talked with head coach Matt Luke today and was told that recovery is 10 weeks out.
The junior from Plano, Tex. was rolled up in punt coverage and went down, reaching for his ankle and was eventually carted off. To make the news even worse and to really hit you in the feels, it is almost identical to the injury that former Rebel Laquon Treadwell suffered in the 2014 Auburn game while trying to get into the end zone.
Sanogo tweeted Sunday morning, thanking everyone for their prayers and praising his teammates for their outstanding performance against the Razorbacks.
Thank you for everyone checking in on me and for your prayers! MY BROTHERS HANDLED BUSINESS FOR ME!! Couldn’t be more proud of how the land sharks played! ❤️— White Ranger ™ (@_momosanogo) September 8, 2019
Red Cup has reached out to its medical source and was given this assessment:
It’s not a terrible surgery. The doctors will reset the bone, and then insert plates and screws. Not sure which ligament it is at this time, but that’s a different deal. Could be a syndesmotic deal and you could fix that within the plates and screws. Not sure if he will play again this year though. Imagine it’s about 6-8 weeks best case. It could be devastating and he will be a totally different player, but if surgery goes well and he can rehab it properly, he can receive a medical redshirt and be back in 2020.
The good news after hearing the terrible diagnosis, Donta Evans, Lakia Henry, Willie Hibbler, and Jacquez Jones played well once Sanogo went out. Jones finished with a team-high nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and half a sack. Lakia Henry and Evans both chipped in three tackles a piece. But, it goes without saying that Sanogo’s leadership and playmaking ability will be sorely missed for the rest of the year.