Football Recruiting

Garrett Gilbert’s Surgery a Success

Texas quarterback commit for 2009 Garrett Gilbert underwent surgery on Wednesday for a torn labrum. According to Gilbert’s doctors, the surgery was a complete success and a rough timetable for recovery has been set.
The surgery was a success. Now the rehabbing process begins.

“The doctors are extremely happy with the surgery,” said Gale Gilbert, Garrett’s father. “It went really well.”

Lake Travis quarterback and 2009 Texas commit Garrett Gilbert underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum Wednesday morning and Gilberts have heard only good news from doctors.

Gilbert became Texas’ first commitment of the 2009 class, just one day after Mack Brown received his letters of intent from the 2008 class, when he announced his intention to play for the University of Texas.

During the 2007 season, Gilbert was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Texas high school history, throwing for a state record 4,827 yards, completing 360 of 556 attempts (both also state records), with 52 TDs and 12 INTs. As the season wore on, though, Gilbert started to feel pain in his shoulder.

“It didn’t start hurting him until later in the year,” Gale told Inside Texas. “We thought that his shoulder was just tired from throwing so much and Garrett never complained.”

After the season ended, Garrett took January off from any intense throwing to rest after leading Lake Travis to a Class 4A Division II State Championship. But the pain persisted.

“We decided since it was still bothering him to do an MRI and they discovered a slight tear in the labrum,” said Gale.

Specifically, it was the glenoid labrum in Garrett’s throwing shoulder that he tore early in the football season. The glenoid labrum is the cartilage rim around the glenoid cavity, which is located near the shoulder joint.

However, the injury turned out not to be severe, but one that did require surgery.

“I don’t believe it was Drew Brees-like,” said Gale, referring to the former Westlake quarterback who underwent surgery for a severely torn labrum in January of 2006.

On Tuesday of next week, the Gilberts will make a return visit to the doctor to analyze how Garrett is doing, but according to Gale the general consensus of the doctors who worked on Garrett is that the quarterback should make a full recovery.

For now, Garrett needs to rest. The rough outline that doctors have right now for Garrett’s return is for him to rest over the next three weeks and then begin steady rehab exercises. The plan is for Garrett to not throw any during most of spring while slowly ramping up his rehab and by late in the spring he should be able to start some light throwing, with full on throwing coming by May. In June, Garrett plans to participate fully in state 7-on-7 competition and be near or at 100 percent.

All of the news for Garrett has been positive and from the start the injury did not appear to be severe, but Gale said that he’ll always have his worries.

“Your mind starts to do funny stuff,” said Gale. “As a parent, you wonder if you should have done something different, if you should have done something else in the fall. Maybe he did more damage to it, you know. But the doctors have been nothing but very, very positive.”

Regardless, Garrett will have someone to talk to about football injuries.

“I tore my knee up in college and then my rotator cuff in San Diego,” said Gale, a former Cal and NFL quarterback. “I have had a few.”