Dylan Sumner-Gardner cleared to play

Monday’s results from an MRI proved to be good news for Clemson 2014 commit Dylan Sumner-Gardner (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite)

Sumner-Gardner suffered a knee injury 2 ½ weeks ago while being a catalyst in West Mesquite’s 34-33 overtime victory against Wylie (Texas). The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety had an MRI last week and found out on Monday that there is no structural damage. In fact, doctors only detected severe tendonitis, inflammation in his knee that has led to swelling and has caused pain.

Once thought to be anything from torn cartilage to a dislocated knee, Sumner-Gardner’s injury can be resolved with rest and physical therapy. He had been on crutches the last couple of weeks, but on Monday, Sumner-Gardner was on the field practicing again, following doctor’s clearance.

“It feels good to be back out there,” Sumner-Gardner said. “I’m going to go out there and try to lead us to another win.”

Severe tendonitis can lead to the rupture of a tendon, which could lead to major surgery. Because of that, Sumner-Gardner isn’t expected to see an extended amount of time on the field Thursday when West Mesquite plays Carrollton (Texas) Creekview. Regardless, Sumner-Gardner’s presence on the field will be huge for the Wranglers.

“Dylan is a physical presence out there, and the defense is all about mentality,” said Kyle Ward, West Mesquite’s recruiting coordinator. “When we have him out, it makes a difference with how physical our defense is.”

Sumner-Gardner committed to Clemson in June over an offer from TCU and interest from Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Arkansas.