Marsh's injury shrouded in mystery

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Steven Marsh has left Edmonton in complete frustration to look for answers.

Although he had surgery in the winter for a torn ACL in his left knee, Marsh still can't run.

The brilliant outside linebacker was hoping to get some positive news from the Eskimos medical staff last week, but he didn't receive it - meaning his 2006 season is very likely over.

But more importantly for the personable 26-year-old North Carolina native, it now appears his career is in major jeopardy because he has yet to meet anybody who has a solution to his wonky left knee.

For that reason, Marsh has gone searching for help south of the border.

"I am going to see a new doctor next week in Houston," said Marsh from his Tennessee home yesterday.

Marsh found this doctor while researching his condition on the Internet.

In the medical world, Marsh has arthrofibrosis, which is scarring of a joint in the knee. The ACL in his left knee is fine, but he has plenty of scar tissue from the surgery, which is causing the lack of flexibility in the knee and the inability to run.

"I was reading some things on-line, doing some research, and I came upon some patients who have had similar conditions as me," said Marsh.

"It was really the first time I have found anything and any doctors who have had any experience as far as successful recoveries in my condition.

"That is one of the reasons I am going to see (this doctor).

"He did operations, some physical therapy and a number of other things that caught my eye as far as helping me get back."

After seeing this doctor next week, Marsh is hoping he'll finally have a new game plan that will eventually lead to a solution.

SHORT YARDAGE: Before Marsh left town, he quietly helped Gerald Dixon adapt to the SAM-linebacker position. The players were roommates through training camp. "It hurts my heart to see a guy like that work so hard and be in a situation like that," said Dixon ... Marsh is still getting a full paycheque because he's on the nine-game injured list.


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