BYU TE Moroni Laulu-Pututau undergoes groundbreaking ACL surgical procedure that should quicken his return to football


PROVO — Moroni Laulu-Pututau went under the knife to repair a season-ending knee injury Thursday, but the real news is he is the recipient of a new technique that could launch a comeback 40 percent faster than normal.

That would mean the BYU tight end, who was the team’s leading receiver before blowing out his knee in a loss at Washington two weeks ago, could be available for spring football in March.

The operation was not only cutting-edge, but Laulu-Pututau was the first patient to get it outside of the creator’s operating room in Alabama.

“I am so blessed,” said Laulu-Pututau the day before his surgery. “I’m so thankful to God. I am so grateful to have a medical staff that would even consider it and I’m thankful to have so many talented doctors who will be there to help me get the help I need. I know I’m in good hands and I’m excited to get done with it.”

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Laulu-Pututau had 14 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in four games when he was injured Sept. 29 in Seattle on BYU’s first possession. He was a key receiver and blocker in the Cougars’ jet sweep run package that helped BYU upset then-No. 6 Wisconsin. Before the 2017 season began, the junior from Hyrum suffered a foot injury and missed the entire season.

Laulu-Pututau said the injury occurred on the third play of the game when a teammate ran over his leg. He immediately knew something felt very wrong and dropped to the ground.

“A lot of things went through my mind. I wondered what had happened, how serious it would be. I hoped it wouldn’t be that serious. I got to thinking to myself, “Not again, not this. How could this happen to me again?”

Thursday’s surgery could spur a remarkable fast track to return to the field.

“This is exciting stuff,” said Dr. Kirt Kimball, part of the surgical team that participated in the new surgical approach.

The groundbreaking method was developed by world-renowned sports medicine surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who works on the athletic medicine staffs of both the University of Alabama and Auburn University.

A few of Andrews’ patients include Bo Jackson, Troy Aikman and Allen Iverson.

Last March, Andrews repaired the torn ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament) of Auburn receivers Will Hastings and Eli Stove. One was cleared to play football in five and a half months, the other in six months. Recovery …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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