Tonawanda News — Stone was now faced with the decision of whether or not to have surgery to repair the ligament.
He said he was told that surgery would repair the damage, but the knee wouldn’t be as strong as it used to be. Not having surgery would take longer to heal, but it would grow back as strong as ever, he said.
And if he didn’t have surgery, he could theoretically play before the end of the season.
It was not a decision lightly made; the doctors told him there would be a risk of tearing the ligament further – although they said he could play.
Stone’s parents also gave their permission for him to play, so Truilizio decided to see how the rehab went.
“The parents were on board with the decision, and I certainly wasn’t going to bypass their wishes,” Truilizio said.
So after intensive physical therapy and acquiring a durable brace, Stone was able to rejoin the team.
The Jacks eased him back into the lineup, playing him only on the defensive side of the ball — but he still wound up leading the team in tackles.
“I didn’t know what to expect, or how much he could really do,” said Truilizio, who had a similar injury himself. “We’ve limited his playing time – to rush him back wouldn’t do anyone any good, him most of all. But he’s been more of an asset in every game.”
While he won’t get a shot at the playoffs this year, Stone’s consolation is this weekend’s rivalry game against Tonawanda.
And he relishes the opportunity to play in the game, after fearing that he’d lost that chance.
“It’s good to be back with the team,” Stone said. “Now I can’t wait to get out there — can’t wait to beat Tonawanda.”