Markell Johnson took an awkward hit to his left knee against Clemson on Wednesday night and had to be helped to locker room. While we all feared the worst (i.e., ACL tear), there is good news: Johnson dodged a major injury and could even play for NC State in the ACC tourney next week.
Update on Markell Johnson: @kells_2017 has a left knee sprain & bone bruise. He will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's ACC Tourney game.— Craig Hammel (@Hammel_Craig) March 3, 2017
Phew, that is really good news. Ever since the injury happened I’ve been like
Despite the fortunate prognosis, I’d still be surprised to see Markell playing on Tuesday, but he will be making the trip with the team to Brooklyn. No need to be taking any unnecessary risks at this point in the season, though if he wants to give it a go and they decide no additional damage can be done (you know, another freak collision excepted), hey, go for it, kid.
If the worst had happened against Clemson, given the timing, his ACL recovery likely would have stretched into next season. Let’s all be thankful State didn’t end up with that major setback during what has already been an extremely dreary year.