Ole Miss receiver D.K. Metcalf back home after successful surgery
OXFORD, Miss. — Redshirt sophomore wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who suffered a season-ending neck injury in the Rebels’ win over Arkansas two weeks ago, underwent successful surgery Monday morning, according to Rebel Walk sources.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Oxford native is back home and is “doing great,” our source says.
Initially, Metcalf’s injury was not thought to be as serious as was later discovered. However, at his October 15 press conference, Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke announced the gravity of the situation. “He’ll be done for the season,” Luke said of Metcalf. “Long term, he’s going to be fine.”
Metcalf, DaMarkus Lodge, and A.J. Brown formed one of the top receiving corps in the nation. When he was injured, Metcalf was second on the team in receiving yards (569) and first in touchdowns (5). He averaged 81.3 yards per game.
Last season, Metcalf played and started in all 12 games, en route to catching 39 passes for 646 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2016, he was awarded a medical redshirt for his 2016 freshman season, when he broke his foot against Wofford and missed the last 10 games of the year.
A preseason All-SEC second team selection and Biletnikoff Award Watch List member, Metcalf is widely projected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick in the spring, though he has not announced any decision as of yet.
We wish D.K. the very best in his continued recovery!
Evelyn Van Pelt
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.