Washington State running back James Montgomery will miss the rest of the season after he had surgery for acute compartment surgery (explanation to follow). Here is the release from WSU:
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University junior running back James Montgomery underwent surgery Sunday morning for acute compartment syndrome in his left leg. The surgery was performed by Cougar team physician Dr. Ed Tingstad and will end Montgomery's season.
"I feel terrible for James," said WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff. "He has worked so hard since the minute he stepped on campus and is the complete package in terms of a student-athlete. He will be missed this season but knowing James he will continue to make a great impact on our program."
Through the first three games of the season Montgomery leads the Cougars in rushing, including his 118-yard effort against Hawaii. His 132.3 all-purpose yards per game rank 46th in the nation and his 24.0 kickoff return average is tied for 51st.
I had to look up what acute compartment syndrome was (I'm guessing you were probably questioning the same thing). Here is the Wikipedia definition:
Compartment syndrome is an acute medical problem following injury, surgery or in most cases repetitive and extensive muscle use, in which increased pressure (usually caused by inflammation) within a confined space (fascial compartment) in the body impairs blood supply. Without prompt surgical treatment, it may lead to nerve damage and muscle death. This condition is most commonly seen in the anterior compartment and posterior compartment of the leg.
It's unfortunate for James and for fans of Washington State. Montgomery was one of the few bright spots on the roster. The Cougars do have some capable players to take his place though. Dwight Tardy will continue to start, but expect to see Legwone Mitz get more action. Marcus Richmond might also get some carries now.
We'll be in Pullman tomorrow with the latest from practice...stay tuned.