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West Virginia Linebacker Suffers Possible Season-Ending Injury

A tough blow for Tony Gibson’s defense

East Carolina v West Virginia Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

According to Chris Anderson over at, West Virginia linebacker Brendan Ferns appears to have suffered a separated shoulder during a kickoff in yesterday’s game against the Kansas Jayhawks. The injury has the potential to end Ferns’ season.

According to Anderson, Ferns suffered the injury on a second quarter kickoff and could be seen on the sidelines with his right arm in a sling.

He was immediately taken back for x-rays, and the initial diagnosis was a complete tear of the AC joint - a severe shoulder separation. Rest followed by physical therapy for several weeks is the treatment in some cases, but Ferns' injury is severe enough that surgery is expected. He flew back with the team on Saturday night and will get a second opinion, possibly as soon as Sunday.

The injury is the second possible season ending injury for Ferns. Brendan suffered an ACL tear last season during fall camp and was lost for the entire season. Through three games, Ferns has occupied the backup middle linebacker, MIKE, position and earned Special Teams MVP against Delaware State.