Clemson’s Kelly, Cooper defy the odds, but run the risk

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CLEMSON — Not a thought hurtled through Chad Kelly’s mind. Except for the pain — oh, the searing pain.

When the anterior cruciate ligament in a human knee tears, athletes say it feels like millions of miniature balloons popping in their leg — followed by nothing. Numbness. And the long, long road ahead to recovery.

But something bizarre — mind-boggling, and perhaps even dangerous, scientifically speaking — happened less than five months after Kelly and Sam Cooper were helped off the field and into the dreaded ACL reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation process.

They played in a football game again.

FULL STORY: Defying the odds five months after ACL tears, Clemson’s Kelly, Cooper must take care to protect knees


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