Walton two-way standout Kyle Woestmann is out for 4-6 weeks after suffering a laceration on his right forearm while moving furniture last weekend. Woestmann committed to Vanderbilt over 16 early scholarship offers, including ones from Georgia and Georgia Tech.
“Our No. 1 priority is to make sure Kyle is OK,” Walton coach Rocky Hildago said. “You can’t get too upset about it. It is what it is. He wasn’t out doing something dangerous, rather he was trying to help somebody out. Until he’s healthy and ready to go, he’ll just stand on the sidelines with me and make the best of it.”
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Woestmann said he suffered the injury while working a summer job, moving equipment for former Georgia and NFL tailback Garrison Hearst. Woestmann and a friend were lifting the final item, a refrigerator, when it slipped and ripped a three-inch long gash in his arm. He described it as “basically a knife filleting my skin like a piece of meat.”
“When it happened, I actually started laughing. I guess that was my nervous reaction,” Woestmann said. “Then my friend started freaking out, thinking I was going to die.”
Rather than go to an emergency room with the heavy bleeding, Woestmann rushed home. His father cleaned the wound, and Woestmann validated his tough-guy image by simply wrapping his arm tightly with a T-shirt. He went to sleep and sought medical attention the next morning.
Doctors treated the laceration as a serious injury. After 24 stitches, Woestmann had his wrist put in a splint to restrict arm movement. He is banned from all physical activity for the next 2-3 weeks. He likely will miss all of Walton’s preseason practices but vows to play in the season-opener against Norcross on Aug. 22 in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome.
“I’m not going to miss that game, whether the doctor likes it not,” Woestmann said. “It’s not going to happen; that’s my thoughts.”
Woestmann’s woes are yet another big blow for Walton, which advanced to the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs last year. Linebacker Brandon Burrows, who has committed to Georgia, will miss his entire senior season after suffering a knee injury in the spring. Woestmann starts at offensive and defensive tackle.
“It’s kind of crazy, that’s what it is,” Hildago said. “You can’t game plan for injuries. It’s adversity, and the rest of the team will have to play better. We’ll soldier on and keep moving forward.”