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It Was Not a Splendid Week for Former Hawkeyes Drafted in 2002

Ladell Betts had a very, very bad weekend. With Clinton Portis sidelined with his usual minor injuries, Betts had racked up an average of 92 yards in two games of full-time duty, and was four carries into his third start when Cowboys defender Unamerican P. Krushchev brought Betts down awkwardly.

Bad news ensued, and Ladell's vacation begins now:

Although the Redskins have not yet reviewed the results of Ladell Betts's MRI that was scheduled this morning, they believe he has suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and will undergo season-ending surgery, a league source said.

The source, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to comment on the team's medical dealings, stressed that the severity of Betts's knee injury -- suffered in the first quarter of Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys -- could not accurately be determined until medical personnel reviewed the MRI exam. But the Redskins suspected Betts had multiple torn ligaments after he was removed from the game, and Coach Jim Zorn after the game revealed that Betts, at the very least, tore his MCL.

Strange as it may seem, Betts' injury may be even worse than reported. According to our sources at the AP, Betts sustained more than ligament injuries; his leg was actually blown off at the knee. Proof? We got proof, bitches:


What? That's his left leg. It's on our left, isn't it?

In related Holy Crap That Sucks About Your Knee News, Aaron Kampman was also felled last week. While engaged with a Niner blocker - the video isn't clear, but we're pretty sure it was a guy named G. D. Bastard - Kampman's left knee buckled, and he's very obviously done for the season:

Cornerback Al Harris and outside linebacker Aaron Kampman [...] sustained serious left knee injuries in the second half of Sunday’s 30-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers and appear lost for the season.

Harris’ agent, Jack Bechta, said Packers physician Dr. Patrick McKenzie’s initial diagnosis was a torn anterior cruciate ligament. An NFL source said Kampman appeared to have the same injury.

Kampman, 29, is in the final year of his contract, and his future with the Packers was in doubt even before the injury because he hasn’t been the best fit for Capers’ 3-4 defense. The chances that the Packers could tag him and trade him to a 4-3 team in the offseason might have diminished.

Indeed, Kampman's injury will likely cost him tens of millions of dollars; the 4-year, $21 million contract he signed in 2006 turned out to be a bargain, and someone with his body of work and two healthy legs would likely command at least as much per year with another contract--if not a good deal more, even if it's something like a 2-year, $13 milly deal. With his knee in rehab, however, Kampman may be looking at little more than the minimum; though a torn ACL isn't nearly the death sentence it used to be, it's still a super-effective bargaining chip by management to push salary down. "Why should we pay more than $2 million for a guy whose knee just got ripped up last November?"

And then there's Kahlil Hill, who was also drafted in 2002. No knee injury is necessary here.