Missouri LB and former Guthrie star Kentrell Brothers breaks fibula, tears ligaments

BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writer jkersey@opubco.com Published: August 25, 2011
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Former Guthrie star Kentrell Brothers, now a freshman at Missouri, will have season-ending surgery on his ankle Friday, he told The Oklahoman.

Brothers, a middle linebacker at Missouri, tore ligaments in his ankle and broke his fibula during a scrimmage Thursday.

Brothers said the injuries occurred on an option play.

“The quarterback pitched the ball, and I hit the running back and made the tackle,” Brothers said. “As soon as I hit the ground, I felt something in my ankle.

“At first, I thought it was just a sprain but I couldn't get back up. ... I felt something moving inside my leg; that was my fibula.”

Brothers said that, before the injury, he wasn't sure if he would redshirt this season because he was moving up the depth chart at middle linebacker. Now, he is 100 percent certain that he will.

Brothers said doctors told him he will be out three to five months. He said he was disappointed, but has drawn inspiration from former Guthrie teammate Kye Staley.

Staley suffered a devastating knee injury after a redshirt season at OSU. Some doctors weren't even sure if Staley would walk again, much less play football.

But Staley is back for the Cowboys this season and at the top of the depth chart at fullback.

“The first thing that came to my mind was Kye Staley,” Brothers said. “He popped into my head. I thought, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.' His injury was far worse than mine.”

Brothers said he spoke to Staley on the phone after his diagnosis.

“I talked to Kye, and he told me to stay positive about everything,” Brothers said. “Because once you start getting negative, you take two steps back.”