By Pat Pebley

When Cougar quarterback Landon Addington went down Friday night against the Eagles of Gibbs, the training staff quickly iced his knee. This is a good thing, because all indications are that he strained or, most likely, tore his medial collateral ligament (MCL).

The MCL is the most common of knee injuries. When the MCL is damaged, the knee can over-extend itself, or bend too far in a direction that it’s not
supposed to bend. This makes it a very difficult injury to play through especially for a mobile quarterback like Addington.

TOP PHOTO:  Landon Addington throws against Morristown East in a Cougar win.

On Tuesday, Addington underwent an MRI to see how extensive the damage to his knee is and the family is currently awaiting the results of the test.

Even for a partial tear, it is likely a 4-6 week rehab to get back into playing shape. So if Addington is to return to quarterback, it will likely be for the final games of the season against Clinton and West.

As of now, it looks like the Cougars will look to Joseph Paul to go from the backup into the starting role calling the plays, and that Drew Jordan will
continue to run the big package for the Cougars.

If the damage is extensive, and there are also tears in ACL and/or the Medial Meniscus, it could spell the end of Addington’s athletic career as a

In addition to football, Addington is a Cougar basketball player in the winter and a Diamond Cougar in the spring.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S PAT PEBLEY)