Vonn Bell Out with MCL Injury

By Kyle Rowland on March 6, 2014 at 9:11p

Per Ohio State, sophomore safety Vonn Bell suffered an MCL sprain Tuesday that required surgery and will shelve him for the remainder of spring practice. 

Bell was a ballyhooed recruit in 2013 and showed promise during his first career start in the Orange Bowl. This spring was supposed to provide a showcase for Bell and his ballhawking skills. Cam Burrows is the next man up in his absence. 

Bell should be on schedule to participate in Ohio State's summer conditioning. 


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Seattle Linga's picture

WOW this really sucks - get well quickly - we will need your aggressive play when you return.

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HattanBuck85's picture

This. Sucks. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

JozyMozy's picture

Ouch. Get well soon, bud. 

No, like, soon. REALLY SOON. 

teddyballgame's picture

It's alright, we've got time.  Hope he doesn't rush back and reinjure.

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Tough luck there.  While he may miss out on spring reps, at least he isn't out too long!

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lets go bucks!!

BuckeyeinToledo's picture

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-Woody Hayes

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Nutinpa's picture

WOW.  If there was ever a year to find out how important Spring Ball is.....or isn't.....it's this year. 

Geez.  Wake me up in August, please....preferably when it is at least 85 Deg outside.

gm3jones's picture

i LOVE spring ball. Get to see all the young freshman coming in and playing significant time.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

logamaniac's picture

Unless you were watching early enrollee freshmen during spring ball you were only seeing redshirt freshmen. Most freshmen don't participate until summer because they're still in high school. 

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Alpo's picture

Heard about this earlier today and hoped it was a stupid rumor. Heal up well Vonn, we need ya buddy!

OSUStu's picture

So, this is not cool.  Get back soon Vonn!  Obviously, he has real potential to be a difference-maker on the D with more reps and practice.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

bdegroff's picture

Well, as a fan this sucks to hear about. However, not the end of the world. Or, his season. Plus, now the Bucks can get Burrows that much more reps at a new position. Also, MCL is easier to come back from than an ACL. So, Bell watching more film with Ash, and learning his keys as a safety is just as good. Prayers for a speedy recovery!

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PittBuckeye's picture

Rough, hope ya heal quickly Mr. Bell.

teddyballgame's picture

Well this obviously sucks, but if this is the worst we have to deal with then OK.

He should make it back for summer + the season.

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wyatt's picture

Part of football. Better to happen now than during the season. He showed tremendous football IQ during the Orange Bowl and will completely recover. I'm waiting to see him in action this fall.

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otrain2416's picture

Must have been a really bad MCL tear if it required surgery, cuz those normally heal on their own. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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BuckeyeVet's picture

My thoughts exactly. OSU reported this as a "strain"? No way. You don't get surgery on a MCL strain. Has to be a pretty bad tear. Good luck & heal well, Vonn.


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Wilkins78's picture

Strain = torn muscle or tendon
Sprain = torn ligament

Surgery is rare regardless of the severity of an MCL sprain.  My guess is that it was done to strengthen and protect the MCL so that 1. complete recovery is faster and 2. he can start rehab/conditioning sooner.  

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Crimson's picture

I want to make something good out of this, so I'm going to say that this will give one more under appreciated guy reps now, and it will lead to a better starter on the field come fall (standing next to Bell, obviously).

Never mind.


buckfeet's picture

Damn, I was hoping this year is his breakout year.

Please heal up fast VB.

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DefenceWinsChampionships's picture

Wait, since when do MCL "sprains" require surgery? I know MCL tears that guys just braced up and played with. I didn't think an MCL ever required surgery unless it was a complete tear, or it was pulled clean from the bone. If I am wrong, someone please enlighten me. 

otrain2416's picture

I'm in med school so I know more than the average Joe but I'm not quite a pro yet (Also any real docs on here correct me if I'm wrong). Ligament sprains grade 1-3 1 mild tear 3 complete tear 2 inbetween that.The MCL is capable of heeling on its own because it has a decent blood supply verses the ACL which has very little blood supply.  Most doctors will repair a grade 3 MCL tear surgically from my understanding to speed the healing process. My two guesses of Bell's situation are 1: he had a grade 3 tear like you indicated and needed surgery. 2: he had a grade 1 or 2 sprain the doctors went in there to clear things up and also used a PRP (platlet rich plasma) which is a newer technique that adds growth factors taken from your body to accelerate healing and minimize scar tissue. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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seafus26's picture

Impressive, Future Doc. Thanks for the info

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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Chark's picture

I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. While I'm not a doctor, I can now vouch for what Otrain2416 has said.

Get well soon, Vonn!

Alcohol will not solve any of your problems, but then again, neither will milk or water.

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osu07asu10's picture

non-medical explanation...a sprain is actually a tear and the severity of Vonn's sprain/tear required surgery.

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

Cmon med student. Ligments all have little to no blood supply. LOL. Now get back to studying.

Zimmy07's picture

Is this a 3-6 month recovery time injury?

buckskin's picture

This stinks but he will come back hungrier and stronger. 

rayjack01's picture

Hang in there Vonn and get better. This is just a temporary set back. We are all pulling for you. Adding you to my prayer list.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Thankfully (I guess?) it's an MCL and not an ACL.

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buckeyedude's picture

While I'm no expert, I do know that when my daughter was in high school and played soccer, there were numerous girls on her team that had torn or partially torn MCLs,  and they played the whole season with them.

Not to minimize Bell's injury, but I think you're right DJ.



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osu07asu10's picture

My Dad is 59 and runs half marathons on a completely blown out ACL. He isn't the same as a top flight college athlete and nor are high school girl soccer players.

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logamaniac's picture

Well soccer players are more likely to cut and make athletic moves than a 59 year old running what amounts to a straight line. While your dad should be commended for his athleticism (and at his age dang) it's a much different type than a sport requiring the athleticism of soccer or football so yes comparing to girls soccer wasn't out of left field like you insinuate

Go1Bucks's picture

It would be nice to have an uneventful spring, but this is luckily minor compared to what it could be, so I will wish VB a speedy recovery and hope this is last issue.  all players take notice: NO violations please !

Go Bucks!

1MechEng's picture

While I am saddened by this news, and I hope Vonn heals quickly, it's time to repeat the Mantra: Next. Man. Up.

We have more talent at the S position this year than we did last year. Let's see who else is willing and able to step up and be the man (for the time being at least).

BassDropper's picture

Had this exact injury in high school, I only missed 1 game


FROMTHE18's picture

Damn, Bell needed a big spring to get some momentum for the fall.

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AngryWoody's picture

Do you ever read something and not know how to react? Instead of having a real thought when I read this, my mind just glazed over for two minutes. Then I cussed a lot.

Our Honor Defend!

Barnsey69's picture

Hate to see anyone get hurt, let alone one of the future leaders on this defense, but an MCL procedure should heal quickly. Bell can start damn near on ability alone (see Orange Bowl), so he'll jump right back in when he's healed up. In the mean time this gives some other dudes extra reps, so unfortunate silver lining perhaps.

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Kyle Rowland's picture

It required surgery, so it's somewhat major. But he returned to drills Tuesday after he hurt his knee and went to the locker room. Only being out for a few months also leads one to believe it's not a significant injury, as do the words "sprain." Still, it required surgery. Tough blow for a player that could have used the reps. Coaches certainly glad it's spring, though, instead of fall.

hit_the_couch's picture

Calm down, people, it's an MCL; they usually take like 3-6 weeks to heal. It's only spring too.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Hovenaut's picture

Best wishes VB for a speedy recovery, eager to see you in the fall.

Ericgobucks's picture

Yeah, that was my thought exactly. MCL's usually don't require surgery. The team Doc's could just be worried about it lingering and fingered that now is a good time to get it completely repaired and be ready for summer conditioning. I don't think this has a big affect on Vonn's development. It definitely sucks to miss the reps in spring though. 

JLP36's picture

I have no doubt that physically he can recover from this, but bowl practice seemed to springboard his development, probably from an understanding perspective, and he was likely poised to double down on that progress with spring ball.  He will come back strong from this but it is definitely a setback for him and the secondary and new secondary coach.


BuckNutzGasMan's picture

No surgery needed for MCL sprain.  Must of had tear.  He will be good to go.

Ooops. Someone above already posted. Sorry

97Buckeye's picture

So, the continuation of Buckeye Football hell since the end of November continues. National Signing Day was a great roadstop of happiness, but this on the field bad mojo is KILLING us.

Get well soon, Mr. Bell.

Ericgobucks's picture

That GIF is definitely worth a "cheers" over. Nice. 

ScarletGray43157's picture

Bell has tremendous potential.  Sometimes injury rehab results in a stronger body, and the knowledge of how to minimize the chances of a future injury.  This young man is a potential difference maker on the field.  I am really pulling for a complete recovery as soon as is best.  

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Get well soon Brother Muzone we need an assassin out there! 

That said, Mr. Burrows you're the next man up get to work!