One of the Cape-Atlantic League’s elite football talents is sidelined indefinitely. Absegami quarterback Rashad Kinlaw, who is committed to play for the University of Notre Dame, suffered a fractured fibula during a recent football tournament in Texas.

It’s the same bone that broke in his leg midway through Kinlaw’s sensational junior season. However, the current damage is substantially more serious than the 2011 injury, which did not require surgery.

Kinlaw said doctors inserted a plate and screws to stabalize his partially displaced ankle, which suffered significant ligament damage during the break. He hopes to begin rehabilitation by late August.

The injury occurred on June 30 in Austin, Texas, while Kinlaw was competing for the U.S. Under-19 National Team in a game against American Samoa. The Absegami star suited up at wide receiver for Team USA and was hurt during a sideline tackle after he reeled in a first-down reception on a crossing pattern.

“I wish I could change what happened, but I can’t,” a subdued Kinlaw said during a phone interview from his home in Galloway. “Now I have to accept it and continue to heal.”

Kinlaw, expected to be one of the CAL’s top athletes this fall, could potentially return to the field for CAL competition, but will certainly miss the entirety of Absegami’s training camp and at least the early stages of his senior season.

“My goal is to come back after the first two games,” Kinlaw explained. “I want to try for that no matter what.”

That would make Absegami’s Sept. 21 matchup against Mainland Regional Kinlaw’s target date for a return to live, competitive action. He understands that an arduous rehabilitation process lies ahead in his pursuit of accomplishing that goal.

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