Colorado freshman defensive end Nick Kasa might have to undergo surgery after a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed he suffered a partially torn medial collateral ligament on Monday during two-on-two pass-rushing drills.
Kasa said CU doctors and athletic trainers have told him to expect a 6-8 week recovery time, which could allow him to return prior to the beginning of conference play in early October.
“Right now, they don’t really know,” Kasa said. “It could heal itself or maybe not. We’re just going see what happens. Surgery could be an option or it could not be.”
He said he is not sure whether he wants to leave the door open to playing a shortened season or if he will redshirt.
Kasa said he never suffered a serious injury during his high school career in Broomfield at Legacy High School. He said he once had a bruised knee during his prep career and also dealt with a concussion at one point.
Kasa was the highest rated prep recruit in the 2009 CU recruiting class and was expected to play this season prior to the injury because the team has a lack of solid depth and talent on the defensive line. He had been feeling more and more positive about his chances of contributing this season.
“The last week I really started to catch on to things and started going good in practice,” Kasa said. “It’s definitely a pretty bad setback for me. I mean, I want to play. I think everybody wants to play, but I just have to take it in stride.”