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UPDATE: WVU Sports Communications sent a release late Friday confirming that Dustin Garrison has sprained his left anterior cruciate ligament as well as the medial collateral ligament in the same knee.

Original Story: WVU freshman running back Dustin Garrison tore both his MCL and ACL in practice Friday, Garrison's family confirmed. 

The injury was sustained in what was supposed to be a light practice with players dressed only in shoulder pads and helmets and will keep Garrison from playing in the Mountaineers' Orange Bowl game against Clemson. 

Practice was open to the media for 15 minutes and the injury occurred after it closed. 

The Mountaineers have not confirmed the injury, but Garrison's family says he anticipates staying with the team through Wednesday's game before undergoing surgery. 

The estimated recovery time is approximately six months, which would keep Garrison out of the entire spring and much of summer workouts. 

Garrison set a freshmen rushing record for WVU with 291 yards in a win over Bowling Green, his first career start.

The 5-foot-8 running back finished the season with 742 net rushing yards and six touchdowns on 136 carries for a 5.5-yards-per-carry average. He also posted 201 yards receiving and played in each of WVU's 12 games. 

West Virginia's remaining running backs include Shawne Alston and Andrew Buie.

 

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