Green's MRI Reveals Tear
Junior to need surgery following season
August 19, 2003

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech junior cornerback Eric Green's MRI showed a torn labrum on the back side of his shoulder, as reported by head athletic trainer Mike Goforth.

"The MRI confirms the earlier diagnosis of our physicians as the cause of his shoulder problems," Goforth said. "We will initiate an aggressive rehab protocol that will hopefully keep him participating for the remainder of the season at which time he will need surgery to repair the lesion."

Following surgery, Green will be in a sling for three weeks, followed by several months of therapy.

"The good news is that it usually takes about six months to return back to sports," Goforth said. "This puts us at June of next year and gives him two months cushion prior to the start of practice for his senior year. With this option, he does not have to miss any of his two remaining competitive seasons."

Green, a 5-11, 189-pounder from Clewiston, Fla., missed all of the 2002 season with a knee injury, forcing him to take a redshirt season.

Goforth has listed Green as "questionable" for Tuesday's scrimmage. Green had an injection in his shoulder as part of the MRI and is free to return to practice as soon as the soreness goes away and he is ready to return to the field.