Mike Casazza of 247Sports has confirmed through his sources that West Virginia Mountaineer linebacker Brendan Ferns will indeed be sitting out his third consecutive season, this time with another ACL injury.
Ferns suffered the injury to his left knee on Thursday, during a practice inside Milan Puskar Stadium. The redshirt sophomore underwent an MRI on Monday, and met with doctors on Tuesday to discuss his options. Because this is is the second injury to the left ACL, surgery will likely have to be more extensive if Ferns wants to continue his football career.
Ferns was sidelined in 2016 with an ACL in the same knee, and had reconstructive surgery to repair the tear. He was expected to contribute during the 2017 season, but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during the Mountaineers’ game against the Kansas Jayhawks in September.
Ferns will join David Long, Quondarius Qualls and Exree Loe - all of whom are recovering from injuries - as they watch Saturday’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Game from the sideline.