Wolfpack QB will not need surgery

Updated: January 6, 2009, 12:17 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson had an MRI this week that confirmed the original diagnosis of a knee sprain suffered during last week's 29-23 loss to Rutgers in the Papajohns.com Bowl, the school announced Tuesday.

Wilson suffered a tear of his posterior cruciate ligament late in the second quarter and didn't return to the game. He will not need surgery, but will be limited for several weeks and undergo rehabilitation.

"That's as specific as we can get for now in regards to what he may or may not miss for spring football or baseball," school spokesman Patrick Norris said.

Wilson, an infielder on NC State's baseball team, hit .296, in 32 games with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and eight RBIs. He also stole six bases in seven attempts -- all without missing a day of spring football last year.

Wilson passed for 186 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 46 yards prior to getting hurt in the Papajohns.com Bowl. The Wolfpack were clearly a different team without him, just as they were when he was injured twice during the regular season.

Wilson suffered a concussion in the season opener and missed the South Florida game with a shoulder injury, but when he was healthy in the second half of the season, Wilson led the team to four straight wins and bowl eligibility. Wilson, the 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year, finished the season with a streak of 249 passes without an interception, the longest active streak in the nation. His backups, Harrison Beck and Daniel Evans, combined to throw three interceptions in the second half against Rutgers.

Wilson's ability to improvise outside the pocket gives even disciplined defenses problems and earned him first-team all-conference honors.

College football blogger Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.