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NC State center Grant Gibson’s knee injury didn’t result in torn ligaments

Gibson went down in the third quarter of the Gator Bowl.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 02 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl - NC State v Kentucky Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

NC State’s afternoon on Saturday was so rotten that it’s hard to know where even to begin, but perhaps the best example of State’s extreme misfortune-level was Grant Gibson’s knee injury, which he suffered while celebrating a touchdown. I mean, really, universe? You’re serious with this crap?

At the time it was difficult not to assume that Gibson’s setback was significant. That sort of non-contact injury often means very bad things, and it was obvious that he feared the worst. Thankfully, Gibson avoided major ligament damage to his left knee.

Gibson has been a critical part of NC State’s offensive line over the last two seasons, and he’d played every snap of 2020 for the Wolfpack offense prior to getting hurt. If he’d had to rehab a major ligament tear, it could have affected his ability to start the 2021 season on time.

Everybody can breathe a sigh of relief that he dodged that bullet.