Freshman Defensive Tackle Tulimaseali'i likely out for several weeks with MCL tear
On the 19th and final day of Fall Camp for the UH Rainbow Warrior Football team Tuesday, the squad thought they had lost a key addition to the defensive line.
Freshman defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimaseali'i injured his knee during a one-on-one line drill at the team's last practice held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam.
As it turns out, team doctors read the MRI Kennedy took Tuesday afternoon and ruled out a torn ACL. That injury would have sidelined the Waianae graduate and prized recruit for the entire season.
Kennedy was diagnosed with a grade-two MCL year, but will not need surgery.
"He was moving his knee. We were hoping for the best," said UH Warrior Football Head Coach Norm Chow. "You know, it's unfortunate. It's a rough game... but right now the key for us is to close ranks and keep marching on. The games are coming. This put a downer to practice, a downer to a terrific camp, and we just have to put it back together. "
Though any invasive procedures will not be needed to repair the tear, Kennedy will likely be out for two to six weeks as he recovers.
"it was not really a surprise. We really wanted him (kennedy) to come and compete like he did in high school. He did just that," said Thom Kaumeye, Rainbow Warrior Defensive Coordinator. "We're hoping to get him back. He's going to be a primary guy in our 3-3-5 and our base so it would be a big loss if we lost him. But guys have got to step up and be ready to go."
The team returned to campus Tuesday afternoon and checked into their dorms on the first day of the UHM move-in. School starts Monday with practice resuming Thursday morning.
Game one of the 2013 schedule is slated for Thursday Aug. 26 against 24th ranked USC.
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