Wisconsin DE/LB O’Brien Schofield tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an Under Armour Senior Bowl practice Monday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“I was in tears,” Schofield told the newspaper Monday night. “I just couldn’t believe it. … I came so far and worked so hard and I was doing so well.”
Schofield, a first-team All-Big Ten Conference pick, worked at linebacker during the East-West Shrine Game last week and was named the defensive most valuable player in the game. He was working at defensive end against Massachusetts OT prospect Vladimir Ducasse when the injury happened Monday in Mobile, Ala.
Ducasse told NFL.com that he felt bad about Schofield’s injury.
“It was tough,” Ducasse said. “I had to watch it. Apparently he had his feet stuck and we both fell, but I feel bad. They told me he pretty much blew his ACL.
“That’s football. You can’t deny it (injuries).”
For his part, Schofield vowed to the Journal Sentinal that he would come back strong from the injury.
“I don’t know how long it will take me to recover,” Schofield said. “I’ve seen some guys recover really, really fast. And I’ve seen some take longer. But I’m not going to rush back. I’m going to make sure it is good.
“I’m just hoping that a team saw everything I did this year (at UW) and in the East-West game and will give me a chance to prove myself once again.”