East St. Louis senior Jarrell Anderson injured his knee on the first play of scrimmage in the Flyers’ 40-28 victory over Providence Catholic on Saturday at Clyde C. Jordan Stadium.
The all-Southwestern Conference and BND All-Area running back raced for a 65-yard gain before being assisted off the field. He didn’t return.
East Side Athletics Director Leonard Manly confimed that Anderson met with an orthpedist Monday, but the results of his tests were not immediately available.
Coach Darren Sunkett said after the game that Anderson was able to put weight on the injured leg.
“We didn’t have a doctor on hand to let us know what’s going,” Sunkett said. “We’ll get him to the doctor first thing on Monday and get this thing figured out. The good thing is there’s not a lot of swelling, and he was able to put weight on it. That’s a positive for us.”
Sunkett was careful not to speculate about the extent of the injury. One rumor circulating the field was that Anderson suffered a torn ACL.
“I can’t guess,” Sunkett said. “It could be. We’ll pray that it’s not. Hopefully, he can get back, and we can get this thing back on track.”
Anderson had 1,477 yards and 21 touchdowns last season to help lead the Flyers to the Illinois Class 7A Championship. Rivals.com rates Anderson a three-star prospect with a list of interested college suitors that includes Hawaii, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Illinois and others.