Two Rutgers stars out for 2016 with season-ending injuries
When it rains, it pours. At least that’s been the case at Rutgers in recent memory.
Rutgers got not one but two major blows on Sunday.
Stars Janarion Grant and Quanzell Lambert will both miss the entire 2016 season after suffering season-ending injuries in Saturday’s loss against Iowa.
Grant’s ankle injury happened at the end of the first half when he took a pass 76 yards and was tackled by Desmond King just short of the goal line. But he landed awkwardly and got his leg twisted up in the turf. He was sidelined for the rest of the afternoon.
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Without Grant, Rutgers will have to replace its top playmaker. The return extraordinaire/go-to receiver accounted for 348 yards from scrimmage and two touchdown returns this season. The Paul Hornung Award watch list candidate was on pace for his best season yet.
Unfortunately, it appears that Grant passed the maximum games threshold for a medical redshirt. The rule states that a player cannot play more than 30 percent of his teams’ games, and Rutgers just hit the one-third mark of its season.
The senior can apply at the end of the season, but it doesn’t appear a player with his involvement would catch a break from the NCAA.
The Knights figure to turn to baseball playing-speedster Juwuan Harris, who took over for Grant on Saturday.
Lambert was one of the veterans on the Rutgers defense. The senior accounted for 15 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 tackles. His knee injury came in the fourth quarter on Saturday. Like Grant, he was carted off in considerable pain.
Without Darius Hamilton in 2015, Lambert was voted the team’s top defensive lineman.
The news happened at a tough time for the Knights. Rutgers will travel to Columbus to take on No. 2 Ohio State next week.