Guard Brandon Ludwig Suffers Knee Injury in Monday's Late Practice

Guard may be out as long as 4-6 weeks.

August 17, 1998

TURLOCK - The California offensive line, which just recently was dealt a sever blow when returning starter Yauger Williams was forced into retirement with chronic knee problems, incurred yet another loss Monday when redshirt freshman Brandon Ludwig, who had been running with the first team offense at guard, injured his right knee during the afternoon practice session.

The injury occurred when Ludwig, who was not at the time involved in any of the on going drills, was hit from behind as the action spilled onto the sidelines.

According to the Cal training staff, the injury has been preliminarily diagnosed as a slight tear of the upper medial collateral ligament. Ludwig will have and x-ray tonight to rule out any bone damage with an MRI pending. Surgery is not indicated at this time.

Should this diagnosis be correct, the injury could sideline Ludwig anywhere from four to six weeks, meaning the Bears would be without his services until the Pac-10 opener versus Washington State on September 26th.

A 6-4, 280-pounder out of Groveland, Calif., Ludwig was just beginning to find his niche along the Cal offensive front wall and was considered by the coaching staff as one of the bright spots of camp to date.