Kennedy Injured in St. John's Loss to Syracuse

New York Post—March 11, 2011

As St. John's trainer Ron Linfonte sprinted across the court about six minutes into yesterday’s game, he had one thought:

“In 30 years of treating St. John’s athletes, D.J. Kennedy is one of the toughest kids I’ve ever had.”

When Linfonte got to the fallen senior, who was clutching his right knee, he heard words that will send shivers through every St. John’s fan who has embraced this team, a team that will be cherished as the one that restored the Red Storm’s pride.

“He said, ‘It hurts,’ ” Linfonte told The Post. “ ‘It hurts like hell.’ ”

St. John’s lost more than its Big East quarterfinal to Syracuse, 79-73, yesterday. The Red Storm lost one of their key players, and their senior leader, for the NCAA tournament.

An MRI exam performed last night at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan revealed that Kennedy suffered a torn ACL when he came to a jump stop and the knee buckled.

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