Less than 72 hours after watching receiver A.J. King sustain what appeared to be a frightening knee injury in the Hawks' preseason game, Coach Sean Callahan expressed far more optimism about his prognosis.
Callahan said King, who suffered the injury on punt coverage in the Hawks' 42-0 romp of Middleton, did not suffer a tear and could return in time for Armwood's contest against Tampa Bay Tech on Sept. 16.
Initially, Callahan said, King was informed by team doctors that a worst-case scenario could be four to six weeks.
"We don't think it's as bad as originally thought," said Callahan, whose team faces Newsome on Friday before observing an open date. "We're thinking two to three weeks because it doesn't look that bad on film and he didn't have that bad of a weekend. The doctor said it's definitely not torn."
King had a breakout season in 2009, leading the Hawks in receptions (29), receiving yards (499) and touchdowns (six).