Ole Miss offensive lineman Javon Patterson will need surgery on his shoulder, according to reports.
The Rebels starting offensive guard was not mentioned as an injury concern by Hugh Freeze as Rebels spring workouts concluded, but the news of his injury became public knowledge on Thursday morning. The school has since confirmed the issue.
According to Ole Miss beat reporter Antonio Morales, Ole Miss expects Patterson will make a full recovery prior to the start of the Ole Miss football season.
Ole Miss has confirmed Javon Patterson will have shoulder surgery, full recovery expected for opener. Story coming, RebelGrove 1st to report
— Antonio Morales (@AntonioCMorales) April 13, 2017
Patterson, who was rated as one of the top offensive linemen in the Class of 2015, saw action as a freshman later that fall and started all 12 games for the Rebels last season. He’s an integral part of an Ole Miss line that returns most of its key pieces from a year ago.
A glance at Patterson’s Twitter account shows some retweets that could have served as an indication that something wasn’t quite right for the big man:
Ole Miss hopes to have Patterson back in time to protect new starting quarterback Shea Patterson when the Rebels take the field against South Alabama on Sept. 2.