How serious is Green’s knee injury?

October 10, 2018

Welcome to “Second Guess” Tuesday.

This is the opinionated week that was.

• How seriously injured is Marshall quarterback Isaiah Green?

There isn’t a definitive answer, unfortunately. Marshall’s football program doesn’t disclose the exact nature of injuries, so it becomes guess work.

Of course, some educated guesses are better than others. Along those lines, the fact Green was wearing a brace on his left knee Friday night during Marshall’s 34-24 loss to Middle Tennessee leads to conclusions it is indeed a fairly serious injury.

As in, serious enough that Alex Thomson is certainly expected to be the starting quarterback when Marshall plays Old Dominion at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Foreman Field at Norfolk, Virginia.

Green’s time table for returning hasn’t even been discussed.

One source, however, says Green sprained the MCL in his left knee and will be sidelined from two to four weeks. That is unconfirmed.

The good news concerning Green’s recovery and rehabilitation is after playing at Old Dominion on Saturday and hosting Florida Atlantic on Oct. 20, Marshall has an open week. The open date would be Green’s fourth week of recovery.

So, what do we know for sure?

Green’s left knee appears injured enough, perhaps, to make him miss a few games.

More or less.

• Was Middle Tennessee’s coaching staff tipped off about Green’s injury?

It appears likely.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Blue Raiders’ defensive line coach Tommy West was contacted by a former Marshall supporter who informed him that Green had suffered a knee injury and wouldn’t be able to play.

So, Middle Tennessee knew to expect Alex Thomson’s debut at quarterback for Marshall.

Did that help the Blue Raiders win?


Maybe not.

But it certainly didn’t hurt. Opposing coaches are dying for information about an opponent’s injured players, while the coaches on the other sideline are trying to keep injuries hush-hush.

Usually, the home team wins this cold war of espionage.

But not this time.

The informant shall remain nameless.

• Why was Marshall’s veteran volleyball coach Mitch Jacobs placed on administrative leave for one week?

Nobody seems to know.

And nobody seems to be talking.

But, at any rate, Marshall’s athletic department released an official statement in regards to the situation.

“Thundering Herd head volleyball coach Mitch Jacobs is on administrative leave until Saturday, October 13,” reads the statement. “Marshall University will refrain from further comment.”

Jacobs didn’t coach the Herd’s victory over UTEP Sunday in the Henderson Center. He also won’t be coaching against Conference USA leader Rice on Friday in Houston. Jacobs will return for Marshall’s match against Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. Sunday in “The Cam.”

Bottom line?

How bad could it be if Jacobs got placed on administrative leave for only seven days?

• The Locklear brothers from Spring Valley High School can’t seem to catch a break.

First, Alex Locklear, 6-foot-5, 325-pound redshirt junior, got his first meaningful start at right tackle in Marshall’s 20-17 win at Western Kentucky. But at the same time, Locklear’s younger brother, Riley, was suffering a small meniscus tear in his knee during Tennessee’s game against Georgia.

The younger Locklear had surgery and is expected to miss 10-15 days. He has been the Vols’ top backup at both guard spots and center.

Meanwhile, despite playing well at WKU, the older Locklear wasn’t in the starting lineup for Marshall’s 34-24 loss to Middle Tennessee last Friday. Don’t walk under any ladders, fellas.

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at clandon@herald-dispatch.com.

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