Luther Maddy Will Undergo Knee Surgery Tuesday Morning

Virginia Tech's senior defensive tackle played the Georgia Tech game with torn meniscus.

Luther Maddy (92) hits William and Mary QB Steve Cluley as he releases a pass. [Mark Umansky]

Virginia Tech released the following injury update this morning.

Virginia Tech starting defensive tackle Luther Maddy will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth. The senior from Delray Beach, Florida, is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, including Saturday's game against Western Michigan. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Tony McPherron at LewisGale Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg.

Maddy suffered the tear in the East Carolina game, but played 48 defensive snaps against Georgia Tech. Nigel Williams will replace him as the starter.

Other injury notes:

  • Linebacker Dahman McKinnon will also have his meniscus repaired, his in the left knee, on Tuesday and is expected to also miss 2-4 weeks. McKinnon suffered the injury in practice last week and missed the Georgia Tech game.
  • Freshman offensive lineman Colt Pettit will undergo season-ending left shoulder surgery on Tuesday. He will be questionable for spring practice.
  • Linebacker Sean Huelskamp, who suffered an ACL tear in his right knee at Ohio State, will undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday. He will be questionable for spring practice.
  • Defensive back Desmond Frye underwent left shoulder surgery on Sept. 16. He will petition for a medical hardship waiver since he has not redshirted and played in only two games.

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I was doing the morning twitter-sphere reading and seeing all these injuries made me sick! Few great special team players right there!

PS quick posting trigger Joe!

2-4 weeks for torn miniscus repair? Dang...I would have thought it would be longer, though he likely will be impacted by it. Best of luck to all these guys in recovery.

It will likely be 2-4 weeks of missed practice and then a healthy amount of rehab before he see's the field.

My roommate on the track team at tech had the same surgery on his meniscus and was on crutches for about 3-4 weeks. Slowly rehabbed on a stationary bike. Wasn't running until about 2-3 months after the surgery. You have to be very careful with your knee until it is fully healed. They started him with 'half moons' where he could only pedal the bike about half way, no full revolutions for at least a week. I just hope he doesn't try to rush back. Best of luck to him though, he has so much heart and will be greatly missed while he is out.

Hyping up Hokie Nation one video at a time.

That's more in line with what I expected to hear. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he doesn't play in another game this year or if he were to only play if we make a bowl game.

Valuable info to remember for all those trying to determine return timelines. Goood info...

I actually just had surgery on my knee about 2 months ago for this exact same thing. Doctor said I should be back to normal in 4 weeks time. I was able to walk slowly after 3 days,and with therapy/rehab I was able to start running again about 4 weeks after the surgery (very light and short distance of course and still slowly getting back to being able to run 4 miles at least). So I'm sure with the VT training and therapy staff he will be back in 4 weeks time no problem. Actually with all the possible knee injuries this one isn't as bad as many people think and actually really common. But kudos to him for playing through it! It was tough at times walking up and down stairs and standing up from sitting down... I could only imagine taking all those hits and cut blocks.

That being said I know everybody heals at a different rate. I've heard some people say they were walking the next day after this type of surgery, and I've heard people say they were out of commission completely for a few weeks. I hope he does what I did and take his therapy and daily exercises seriously, and asks the doctors as much information as he can and follows their advice for playing again. Last thing I want to see him do is do more damage to his body just to try and get back out there too soon.

LAR '12 MVBones Go Hokies! USA!

Good for them. Get healthy. This is not the year to play hurt.

You never want them to play "hurt". They aren't horses that you dope up with a shot of byte. It's like being a blogger with carpal tunnel syndrome

SOMEONE understands my pain.

This will count as a RS year for Pettit, correct?

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Correct

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Maddy clearly did not look right starting with the second half of the Ohio State game. On Saturday, he was barely mobile and his knees took a beating from the down blocks by the Georgia Tech offensive line. (PS, I watched very closely and I thought the borderline "chop blocks" where the DT's were engaged up high were few and far between.) I hope he has a speedy recovery, as I do for all the kids facing the prospect of surgery.

I have been very high on Nigel Williams for some time. This is a big opportunity for both Williams and Ricky Walker, who now is part of the defensive tackle rotation.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Williams already has my confidence after seeing him this year. And I'm excited about Walker a lot.

I know we're all aggravated and disappointed following the last two games. And I know we all get aggravated and disappointed when Tech misses on a highly touted recruit.

With that said, Luther was injured against ECU and he knowingly played, and risked his NFL Draft stock, with a knee injury against a team known for blocking at the knees. That's heart from a kid who was an afterthought by fans and 99% of D-1 teams during the recruiting process.

I've talked to a few former players, and all of them have played through injuries, most of which the media doesn't know about. They love the game, their teammates and Virginia Tech.

We might be 2-2 when everyone expected 3-1 or 4-0 after the Ohio State win, but this season is not over. Don't quit on these guys because they're not quitting on each other or us.

Thanks for saying this. All of us need to hear it and act accordingly.

Ditto. Very well said. Keep our heads up and remember what we're playing for.

I logged in just to upvote this. Big Lu makes me proud to be a Hokie.

Beat WVU

+1 Thanks for letting us know. Didn't know the kids were playing hurt. Damn, that shows dedication and heart, thats for sure.

Go Hokies!

Yes. Yes. YES!!! You just go ahead and take all those turkey legs from the adjustment and give them to yourself. As soon as I saw the injury update this morning I was wondering what the hell he was thinking, but we did/do need him on the line. Just makes this sting a bit more knowing that he put it all out there.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

All game long it seemed like GT didn't make two yards on the dive. They had some big plays on the pitch and the keeper, but Marshall and Big Lu stuffed that dive again and again.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Believe it or not, but this is the most fun I've had watching VT football in a while. The offense might not be 100% yet, but it is fun to see these freshmen play.

This makes me feel like I'm not drinking enough.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

This is why the playoffs are going to be great once expanded. You can root for progress.

Once the conference champs are automatically in; all you have to do is be alive in your division, the conference championship game and then the playoffs. Being good at the end of the season will be at a premium (just like in bball).

Dang, great points. For as many flags went against the Hokies Saturday, the officials could have called the other Tech team for chop blocks every other play. Not using that as an excuse for the loss, just an observation. Luther...YOU DA REAL MVP. Speaking of draft stock, why do none of our d-linemen ever make it big in the pros? Not like they're undersized or anything. Aside from Worilds, I can't think of one other Tech d-line alum that is making noise on Sundays

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." - Jay Bilas

d. tapp comes to mind.

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Being a Skins fan, I was thrilled to see him in burgundy and gold last year before they let him go. If I remember correctly, he was also cut by Detroit this year, but I could be mistaken.

I really thought big Hop was going to make an active roster this year, but he also is currently on the Redskins practice squad

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Who the hell downvoted Joe?

It was Urban Meyer.

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“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

Down voters are stupid. Great perspective Joe. Joe...can you hit me up on my email sometime offline? Quick question.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Best wishes to Big Lu. That man plays his heart out for us. Get well and get back when you can.

Luther will be missed for sure. 2-4 weeks is not as bad as missing the whole season. The next man should be able to step up until Luther is back fully healthy. Get well soon Big Luther!

Allen Ox

That's right. He'll back.
Wish him well.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

My best wishes on a speedy recovery to all of the young men who play for us. Get well everybody!

This sucks man. Best of luck on a healthy recovery, do not risk your future to come back early though, go make your NFL money next year!

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

Sad news, really hope for a quick recovery for the guy. Has been a complete team player and leader since the off season, hope his presence continues to be felt even when he's not suiting up.

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Hokiesports updated their depth chart this morning, shows Nigel starting backed up by Walker as expected.

The surprise, at least to me, was Ronny Van Dyke being the backup ...... at the Backer position. Dinardo/Trimble at Whip. Clarke/RVD at Backer.

No change at the QB position...or RB position.

Isiah Ford is the No. 1 split end. Cam Phillips is the No. 1 flanker. Parker is the backup at SE (ahead of Newsome), Byrn is behind Phillips. Seems like Parker is back in the mix, which is very good news.

I've said this a couple of times before, but if Parker is back and can take that next step, he is a great complement to Ford/Phillips/Byrn. I think back to the 2006'ish WR corps, Carlis Parker can be our Justin Harper. He's big, he can run, he can get deep.

Ford = Royal, Phillips = Morgan, Byrn = Hyman, Knowles = Clowney, Parker = Harper.

Is it true the depth chart for RB says, "Everyone gets plenty of turns, and whoever raises his hand and asks nicely will be next"?

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

FYI, had a meniscus tear in my right knee and had surgery. I was out for a week. I could walk gingerly after that initial week, but rehab took another 3 months of exercise. I hope all the injured young men experience a full recovery. No matter if they play another down for us or not, they got hurt while wearing our colors and I'm sure the University will do right by them. Get well soon guys, you'll still part of the Hokie Family.

Go Hokies!

Well time for the next guy in! Sucks for Maddy but we will have to work with it. Hope he comes back healthy and stronger!

Best wishes to Maddy, McKinnon, Pettit, Huelskamp, & Frye in their recoveries. The most important factor is quality of rehab, not time of rehab.

This is a very tough break for one hell of a contender, but here's hoping the recovery goes well. It's time for his substitute to step up, and it will be interesting to see what adjustments (if any) Foster and Wiles make.

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Fuck.
Shit.
Piss.

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Heyyy earmuffs!

I think you meant "Neigh, Earmuffs"

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

Earmuffs???

With all the new leg rules, I would like to add a "donate my own legs for an outstanding laugh" feature.
LOL, tdhokies.

A picture is worth a thousand words. A gif is worth a million.

Good find! Is it wrong of me that the first thing I thought of here was that this horse was racist?

The braided mane ain't doin' a thing for you, honey, might want to let that out.

Even though we will miss Luther on the field for a couple weeks I can't help to think the benefits the team will gain from this! He's a vocal outspoken player and leader who will hopefully help light a fire under some of these other guys asses while on the sidelines. Yes we may have lost an exceptional player for a couple weeks but we have gained a coach who will pass his knowledge onto the next man! Wishing Luther the best and a speedy recovery!

Saw this tweet

Wonder what French/the Guru's think?

I had no idea 2014 was the year of the freshmen, maybe Mihota playing is the last punch in our freshmen punchcard to get a free win this year.

The this just keep on coming. Lu is one bad man in the middle. the sooner we get him back the better.

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

Per TTL, Frank Beamer is under the weather tonight. Get well soon, Coach!

VT '10--US Citizen; (804) Virginian By Birth; (210) Texan By the Grace of God.

Rick Monday... You Made a Great Play...

I also root for: The Keydets, TexAggies, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and Braves.

You are the man, Maddy. Here's to a fast recovery.

Gotta say Luther's my favorite among a great group of players. Was concerned this would happen. Wishing Luther, Dahman, Colt, Sean, and Desmond all the best. Get well, and stay strong -- these down times can be great growth opportunities, too.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Let's wish Maddy a full and complete recovery, no matter the time frame. At this point for him, he's playing for more than just games this fall. Much preferable to be fully healthy than to come back too soon as further damage his future NFL career. Yes, we need him, but I'd rather have him sit and us compensate if that means he avoids a needless re-injury.

Best of luck Luther! Heal up!

He's Still Open!!!