At the dawn of the season, Armwood coach Sean Callahan said he knew his team -- currently 7-0 -- ultimately would have to face some adversity. He just didn’t know how it would manifest itself.
Now, he does.
Callahan confirmed Wednesday that senior free safety Jermaine “Juice” McKinney, a Division I prospect, will be out at least another week -- and possibly longer -- after having surgery Monday to drain a dangerous infection near his right wrist.
“If he waited until Tuesday morning he might’ve died,” Callahan said. “It could’ve been in his bone marrow.”
The infection originated when McKinney fell while playing pick-up basketball. A wrist fracture was initially feared, but Callahan said no fractures were discovered.
The nature of the infection isn’t yet known, though signs indicate it could be Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterial infection highly resistant to some antibiotics. Hawks linebacker Jake Zilbar missed a game with MRSA last season.
Zilbar said to me, ‘Coach that looks just like what I had, and I said ‘No,’” Callahan said. “Think of it like a 6-or 7-year-old boy making a fist and setting it on your wrist -- that’s what it looked like.”
McKinney will join linebacker D.J. Hitchman (knee) on the sideline for Friday’s home game against Gaither, though Hitchman is expected back next week. Receiver A.J. King, a Purdue commitment, has missed the entire season with a torn knee ligament.