Illinois WR Edwin Carter shared in July that he was cleared to return to action from his knee injury, but head coach Lovie Smith recently shared just how remarkable that news turned out to be.
Carter looked like he would be off to a strong season in 2018 when a scary collision led to a nasty leg injury. He was ruled out for the remainder of the 2018 season after recording two catches for 34 yards and two touchdowns in his Illini debut against Western Illinois.
Being out for the majority of your first season is bad enough. However, Smith shared Friday that the Illini coaching staff was anticipating a two-year rehab from the injury:
#illini coach Lovie Smith said staff thought WR Edwin Carter's knee injury would be a "two-year rehab," but Carter has been dedicated to returning this season since the day the injury occurred. He's cleared to go. Staff will listen to doctors as he builds up. pic.twitter.com/ulViJmwoWd
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) August 2, 2019
Being cleared for action less than a year after the injury speaks volumes to Carter’s resiliency. Now fans will hope he can remain healthy and prove to be an integral part of the Illinois offense.