CU’s worst fears were realized this afternoon as the results of linebacker Doug Rippy’s MRI came back revealing torn knee ligaments, ending his season. Rippy was Colorado’s best defender racking up a team best 62 tackles before he injured his knee in the second half of the 52-24 loss at Washington. The inside linebacker will undergo season-ending surgery “in the near future” according to CU.
It’s a shame that Rippy’s season is over because he was, by far, Colorado’s best player on defense and was causing havoc all season. Along with his team best 62 tackles, Rippy also had three sacks.
Not only was Rippy lost for the season, his cousin Rodney Stewart also suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for up to a month. Stewart’s MRI revealed a severely sprained knee that will sideline the running back for 2-4 weeks. CU’s most explosive offensive player is in range of a few Buff records (rushing, all-purpose and yards from scrimmage) but they may be unattainable depending on how long “Speedy” is out for.
Rippy is the fourth Buff to be lost for the season and is probably the one that hurts the most, especially since the defense is already banged up enough. The battered defense will be getting linebacker Josh Hartigan back from injury in time for the Oregon game on Saturday.
The defense will not get time to rest as they take on the high-flying offense of the Oregon Ducks. Even more bad news for the defense, the Ducks are likely to get back Heisman hopeful LaMichael James by this weekends game after he suffered a dislocated elbow two weeks ago.
Buffs head coach Jon Embree was quoted this past week in the Denver Post saying, “We have what we have. If you can run, then run. Whatever it is you do well, you do that, and whatever you struggle with, try to keep yourself out of that situation.”
What is there to look forward to the rest of the season? Well, some of the younger guys are already getting some valuable game experience and will continue to do so as the injuries linger. And, the optimistic person that I am, CU can still win the Pac-12 South.
Let that sit for a minute.
Ok, it’s not likely but they have yet to play a South division foe and they could run the table. I made myself laugh just writing that but one can dream right?