John Walsh isn't ready to give up on this season just yet.
After meeting with his family and BYU medical personnel, the Cougars' starting quarterback decided to forego surgery to repair the shoulder separation he suffered in Saturday's game against UCLA."They made a decision to wait and see and rehab during that time," said George Curtis, BYU's head trainer.
Curtis said the wait-and-see approach is what he recommended. It's also what he recommended to Ty Detmer when the former BYU quarterback separated his shoulder in the 1990 Holiday Bowl against Texas A&M, but Detmer opted to have surgery anyway.
"There's nothing that says surgery or non-surgery is the way to go," Curtis said, pointing out that such NFL quarterbacks as Joe Namath and Neil Lomax recovered from similar injuries without surgery, while Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys elected to have surgery when his separated shoulder didn't respond to other kinds of treatment.
Curtis stressed that every shoulder injury is unique and responds differently. "There's a lot of little things involved," he said.
In a best-case scenario, Curtis said, Walsh could be throwing in three weeks and competing in four to five weeks.
If any case, he said, they should know within three to four weeks if Walsh's shoulder is healing enough to not require surgery. "We won't know until he tries to throw," Curtis said.
In the meantime, Walsh has been replaced in the starting lineup by Steve Clements, the sophomore from Texas who waged a spirited duel with Walsh for the starting job. Elevated to the backup spot is sophomore Ryan Hancock, with sophomore Tom Young moving up to the third-string.