Navy's Dobbs will try to play with injury

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A post from Navy beat writer Mike Fratto

Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs is going to try to play through his right knee injury.

An MRI revealed a small crack in Dobbs’ right kneecap, though doctors determined it was a pre-existing condition. Dobbs pointed to a first-round playoff game his senior year at Douglass County (Ga.) High School as the origin of the injury. He sat out a play after hurting his knee, but finished the game. That injury never fully healed and was aggravated by the hit he took on the second play of last week’s game against SMU.

Doctors have told Dobbs it’s unlikely he can worsen the damage to his knee. Surgery is an option, but not one he is considering yet because it will keep him out for an extended period of time. So his availability will come down to pain tolerance more than anything.
Dobbs’ right leg was in a brace Tuesday and a soft cast today. He will try to return to practice Thursday in an attempt to play against Wake Forest on Saturday.

“After watching this kid for the last couple of years, I’m not ruling anything out,” coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “He shouldn’t have played Saturday [after getting hurt] but he still finished the whole game. If you watch the game, I can’t tell that he’s hurt.”

If Dobbs can’t go, sophomore Kriss Proctor will make his first career start. Proctor played most of the second half of Navy’s blowout win against Rice two weeks ago and racked up 82 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries.

“He has a foundation he can always go back to,” offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper said. “A lot of reading the option is just the kid’s instincts and having a feel for it. We talk a lot about reading the body language of a guy, but when it comes down to it, it’s just having a feel for it. Kriss did it in high school and hopefully it can carry over.”

Mike Fratto

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