Odom takes some time to recognize injured LB Mike Scherer pic.twitter.com/RFuWCJ9MSp— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 31, 2016
"Even now," the Missouri linebacker said Monday, "the hard part is it doesn’t really hurt that bad. I feel like they could tape me up and put me in. But the reality is that wouldn’t work."
Nope, not with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn medial collateral ligament. Scherer shredded both bands of tissue on the fourth defensive play of Missouri’s loss Oct. 22 to Middle Tennessee, which will go down as the final snap of Scherer’s college career. He’s scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday.
Scherer, a three-year starter and one of coach Barry Odom’s most trusted leaders, met with reporters Monday for the first time since suffering the injury. A lip quivered a few times as he choked back tears.
"Knowing you won’t be able to put on the uniform here again, it’s tough."
"The defense we are running right now, I’ve played a lot of snaps in and know a whole lot about it," Scherer said. "My job now is just to help where I can and give those guys some confidence going into Saturdays. Hopefully, they play well."
He hasn’t given up his NFL dream, either.
"It’s just a little bump in the road for me," Scherer said. "It’s going to be really difficult, probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, but … this is nothing I can’t overcome."
Seemed telling to me https://t.co/VAPuVBwt5m— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) November 1, 2016
I don't really have anything new to say about Michael Scherer and his injury at this point. Seasons can be disappointing in a "you were on or watched a team that wasn't as good as you hoped" kind of way, but the disappointment of having a career suddenly end on you, about five or six games before you expected it to, has to feel so much worse. Godspeed, Mike.
4 days to South Carolina
Injuries, injuries, injuries
Although Odom labeled Newsom as "probable" for Saturday’s game at South Carolina, the first-year coach’s injury reports have proven to be overly optimistic. Odom said Newsom is "still pretty sore," adding that Missouri will take a wait-and-see approach with Newsom and probably wouldn’t know until Thursday whether he might be ready to play.