Posted July 25th, 2009 by Brian
Filed under: Feature, Football

Texas Longhorns tight end Blaine Irby will miss the entire 2009 season.

Texas Longhorns tight end Blaine Irby will miss the entire 2009 season.

The Texas training staff gave everyone some bad news yesterday when they announced that tight end [tag]Blaine Irby[/tag] would miss the entire 2009 season due to the devastating knee injury he suffered last season. According to his surgeon, Irby recovered from ligament damage well but his nerve damage was severe and has resulted in drop foot. The condition is serious and sometimes permanent.

Irby comments on his injury and rehab below:

“First and foremost, I want to thank all of my teammates, coaches and family because a big thing this injury has taught me is how much support we have here,” Irby said. “That support has helped in the rehab process and will continue to drive me to get back on the field.

“The injury has taught me a lot of things like patience. It was devastating at first, but I’ve come a long way. I realize this is an obstacle I have to overcome and it’s going to take time. I feel like I’ve made the best of the situation and am working to make sure something positive comes out of this.

“I’m disappointed that I’m going to miss the season, but that’s not going to stop me from having an impact on this team. I’m going to help the coaches in any way I can and work with the tight ends, whether it’s watching film, or just trying to be a resource for them. I’m really going to work with the young guys to try and get them ready to help the team.”

We wish Blaine the best in his continued rehab and recovery.


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