Hugh Brady’s senior football season is over.
His father, Shawn, confirmed that the right knee injury sustained by his son in Friday’s Open Division matchup against Farrington is an ACL tear.
“He’s really bummed about it all, but he knows this happens to a lot of guys and you can come back. He’ll be fine,” Shawn Brady said.
Hugh Brady was in prime position to guide the No. 2 Punahou Buffanblu. He was 8-for-9 with 74 passing yards at the time of the injury, which occurred with 7:31 left in the second quarter. Though the contact with a Farrington defender was not extreme, there was immediate concern. The results of the MRI were released this morning.
“It’s a clean tear. We just saw his doctor this morning,” Shawn Brady said. “Every day it feels better and better. The surgeon said probably in a week or two, you’ll be walking around as if nothing happened, but that has nothing to do with running or cutting. The surgeon’s point is that if you need to feed your family, you could go without the surgery. But if you repair it once correctly, you’re going to be fine (athletically).”
With freshman quarterback John-Keawe Sagapolutele thrust into action, Punahou won the game, 31-0, and remained at No. 2 in the new Star-Advertiser Top 10 released today. Surgery is roughly two weeks away. Brady is walking without major pain.
“He’s devastated about not helping his friends and his school. He just needs to fix it, move on and he’ll be back at 100 percent in six to nine months,” Shawn Brady said. “They’ll start very aggressive with the rehab probably within a month. He can do upper-body (weight) training within a month. He can throw in a couple of months. Jog again within three or four months.”
A chat with coaches from Penn, which offered Brady a roster spot in the offseason, buoyed his spirit. Brady will be at practice this afternoon.
“The guy who is recruiting him out of Penn had his ACL injury in sophomore year at college. They’re fully committed to (Hugh). They’re more concerned with head and shoulder injuries,” Shawn Brady said. “They said you can use this as a learning tool and become a better football player by watching and learning, coaching up the guys around you.”