Jaguars' leading receiver out with injury

Jaguars' leading receiver out with injury


Jaguars' leading receiver out with injury


The Ankeny Centennial football team will be without its leading receiver for at least the next two weeks.

Senior Andrew Klinker suffered a shoulder injury during the third quarter of the Jaguars’ 28-3 loss to Valley on Friday. He was injured while diving in an effort to catch a pass from quarterback Isaiah Kramme.

“I came down on my shoulder and their corner(back) landed right on top of me, and I heard something pop in my shoulder,” Klinker said. “I pretty much knew right away I was hurt. The rest of the night I pretty much couldn’t move my arm.”

Klinker tore the ligaments in his left shoulder joint. He will not play in Centennial’s regular-season finale on Friday at Council Bluffs Lincoln and will likely miss the Jaguars’ Class 4-A playoff opener on Oct. 29 as well.


“The doctor said it usually takes four to six weeks to come back, but since it’s my senior season I want to see if I can get in another game at least,” Klinker said. ” It just depends on how much pain I can deal with.”

Klinker has played a key role for the Jaguars (6-2), catching 19 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He also serves as the holder for place-kicker Heath Naylor.

Klinker is hoping to return for a second-round playoff game on Nov. 3 if Centennial wins its opening game. He may have to undergo surgery after the season.

“The doctor said that playing isn’t going to injure it any further,” Klinker said. “There’s a big bump in my shoulder where the collar bone is sticking out, and that’s the only thing that the surgery would fix.”


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