Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns' football running back Emani Bailey out after knee surgery
UL backup running back Emani Bailey could miss much or all of the month of November after undergoing knee surgery.
Bailey had his knee scoped Monday, coach Billy Napier said after practice Tuesday night.
Bailey will be out when No. 24 UL (7-1, 5-0 Sun Belt Conference) plays Georgia State (4-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) on Thursday (6:30 p.m., ESPN) at Cajun Field.
“That will be a two-, three-, four-week turnaround there,” Napier said. “We’ll hopefully get him back in December, maybe the end of November.”
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UL closes its regular season Nov. 27 against UL Monroe but can clinch a spot in the Sun Belt championship game with a win Thursday.
Bailey was injured in UL’s 28-27 win Oct. 21 at Arkansas State and missed UL’s 45-0 homecoming win over Texas State last week. The product of Ryan High in Denton, Texas, began the season as a backup behind starter Chris Smith and ahead of freshman Montrell Johnson Jr.
Bailey is the Cajuns’ No. 3 rusher this season with 310 yards on 45 carries, a team-high average of 6.9 yards per carry.
Smith has 98 carries for a team-leading 621 yards and eight touchdowns and Johnson has 86 carries for 512 yards and seven TDs.
With Bailey out, freshman Terrence Williams joined UL’s usual three-man running backs rotation and had 24 yards on five carries against Texas State. The Many High product will remain in the rotation against Georgia State, Napier said.