Hokie Defensive Back Lost For the Season
Wilds undergoes surgery to repair torn meniscus
October 24, 2003

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech starting cornerback Garnell Wilds will miss the remainder of the 2003 football season after undergoing surgery Thursday evening on a torn meniscus in his left knee, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth.

The surgery, performed by Dr. Marc Siegel, was held at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg.

Wilds was originally scheduled to have the surgery to evaluate the injury, but Siegel found a "significant meniscus tear" and felt it was "important to repair and save to existing cartilage."

"Dr. Siegel reported that the lesion on Garnell's meniscus was just too big to try and 'trim' and keep him active this year. He felt the best thing for Garnell for the long term was to go ahead and repair the torn cartilage," Goforth said.

The redshirt senior from Tampa, Fla., had started all six games prior to the injury suffered in practice leading up to the West Virginia game. He finishes his Virginia Tech career with nine interceptions, including one this year.

Wilds will be on crutches for the next six weeks. Junior Eric Green, who missed the 2002 season with a knee injury, started the West Virginia game in Wilds' spot. A starter for Tech's Nov. 1 game against No. 2 Miami has not been named.