THE ATHLETIC Quotes Dr. Clint Soppe: Broncos RB Javonte Williams’ knee injury: How long until he returns?
The bottom line is that a multiligamentous knee injury like the one suffered by Williams is “definitely more severe,” than a standard ACL tear, according to Dr. Clint Soppe, a surgeon with the Cedars Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles and an orthopedic consultant for MLS’ LA Galaxy.
“When you have a posterolateral corner, that includes the LCL, but usually there’s some other structures in that area of the knee that are torn as well,” Soppe said in a telephone interview. “Usually, there is a little tendon over there called the popliteus, as well as another small ligament that’s involved. It usually requires what we call surgical repair, where you can stitch those tissues and repair them back to the bone, or what we call a reconstruction, where you can’t repair it, (so) you’ve got to reconstruct those ligaments with some kind of graft tissue; usually, tissue from a cadaver. That’s what we call an allograft.”