Posted: 6:52 am Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Possible knee surgery could sideline Glades Central’s Kelvin Benjamin after football 

By Jason Lieser

Glades Central junior Kelvin Benjamin has been playing wide receiver on an injured right knee all football season and could be sidelined extended time if he needs surgery.

Benjamin said he has a partial tear in one of his knee ligaments and “it’s possible” he could require surgery when the Raiders’ football season ends. He hopes to avoid the operation if he can.

If he does undergo surgery, he expects to miss just five weeks but it could take longer than that before he returns to full strength.

Benjamin pulls down a rebound against Santaluces in January. (Damon Higgins/The Post)

Benjamin pulls down a rebound against Santaluces in January. (Damon Higgins/The Post)

That could be a problem in two ways. For one, it almost certainly excludes him from playing basketball this season. Benjamin is a 6-6 forward who could boost a Glades Central team aspiring to reach the state final four. Benjamin averaged 3.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a role player when he was a sophomore.

Glades Central basketball coach Edwin James said he believes he will have Benjamin on the roster when football season ends. If the Raiders reach the Class 2A state championship, they will play until Dec. 12.

The other issue with Benjamin’s possible surgery is it could limit his participation in spring football. That should not hinder his ability to pick up scholarships because he already has garnered plenty of attention as a junior, but obviously the Raiders would like to have him practicing with the team in May.

Benjamin would prefer to miss the upcoming basketball season than have to sit out of football spring practices.

“I try to help them out in basketball, but my career is in football,” he said.