Kerry Coombs Says Haskell Garrett's Return is “Probably Not As Far Away As Any of Us Would Have Thought”

By Kevin Harrish on September 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm
Haskell Garrett

Haskell Garrett's recovery seems to be going better than anyone expected.

Less than a month ago, the Buckeye defensive tackle suffered a gunshot wound to the face. Now, it seems like he might be able to return to the football field this year.

Meeting with the media on Tuesday evening, Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs expressed optimism about Garrett's recovery and a possible return to the field, indicating that he seems to be progressing even better than expected.

Coombs said he intitally feared the injury could end his season or even his career, but no longer believes that will be the case.

“I think he’s probably not as far away as any of us would have thought, when you get shot in the face," Coombs said on Tuesday. "I would have thought season over, career over, and I don’t think that’s true.”

As Garrett continues his recovery, his family is seeking donations on GoFundMe to help cover his extensive medical costs, which includes "extensive surgery and dental implants as his teeth and tongue were severely damaged due to the bullet wound impact."

The family notes the the GoFundMe is in conjunction with Ohio State Athletics and in accordance with the applicable NCAA legislation, and that any donated funds exceeding the cost of medical expenses will be donated to charity.

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