SAN JOSE -- San Jose State senior wide receiver Noel Grigsby revealed Thursday that he has a torn meniscus in his left knee.
The recovery time from that injury is 3 to 4 months, which leaves open some possibility of a late December return if the Spartans make a bowl game.
"I'm trying to do everything I can to possibly come back before the season is over," Grigsby said in his first time speaking publicly since the injury. "But if not, I'm preparing myself for whatever happens after that.
"I would love to suit up one more time and play between the lines for 60 minutes, or one play, two plays, however many plays. Just to be active one more time. That's my goal. If it's a bowl game or whatever, I'm working
San Jose State (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) had previously only disclosed that Grigsby was "out indefinitely" with a knee injury. Coach Ron Caragher's policy is typically to not discuss specifics of injuries unless they are season-ending.
Grigsby had surgery on Sept. 24 to repair the meniscus. He knew of the injury prior to the Sept. 7 game at Stanford but attempted to play through it. He had six catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in that game.
"A lot of guys, we give everything we have for the team," Grigsby said. "I gave everything I had until they told me the only option was to get surgery. If I could play with a torn meniscus, I would definitely still play."
Grigsby, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound product of Crenshaw High-Los Angeles, will go down as one of the greatest receivers in San Jose State history. He's the school's all-time leader with 237 career receptions and 3,121 yards. His 17 receiving touchdowns are third all-time.
"Whether I play again or not, my time here at San Jose State was great," Grigsby said. "From Coach (Mike MacIntyre) to Coach (Dick) Tomey to Coach Caragher, it's always been great. I'm excited about the future. I'm thankful for all the Spartan fans sending me prayers and their condolences my way."
Grigsby is not eligible to receive a medical redshirt. He's already in his fifth season with the Spartans and used a redshirt for non-medical reasons during his first year on campus. To receive an extension of the normal five-year clock, he would've needed to miss two seasons due to injury.
Grigsby was one touchdown away from Edell Shepherd's career record when he had surgery, but both have since been surpassed by Chandler Jones, who now has 20. Jones, a fellow senior receiver, is 32 receptions away from matching Grigsby's career mark. The duo are the only two players in SJSU history with more than 200 catches.
Grigsby calls his injury a "blessing in disguise" because it's allowed players such as freshman Tyler Winston to emerge. Winston has caught 15 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns in the four games Grigsby's missed.
Jones is already within 15 yards of his career-high for a season. Kyle Nunn, another senior receiver, is also approaching career highs and the Spartans should welcome junior Jabari Carr back from a shoulder injury when they play Wyoming on Oct. 26.
"It gives other guys the opportunity to step into that light," Grigsby said. "I don't have a problem with sitting back and watching them do great things. My goal was always to come here and win, whether I played or somebody else played. I'm excited to see what the future holds for San Jose State and we're getting to see a glimpse of that right now."
Grigsby leans on his faith to gain strength for a possible comeback and also to maintain a positive mindset.
"I try to look at it in a positive light," he said. "Everything happens for a reason. Eventually it'll reveal itself. Right now, all I can do now is work hard and try to do the most I can to be a good leader, to be a good example to the young players and continue to smile and keep uplifting guys. Either way, I'm still a captain, still a leader on this team. Even though I'm hurt, I can still give things to the program.
Grigsby expects to be fully healthy by the spring when the Spartans hold their pro timing day and be available if he receives an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. If football isn't part of his future, Grigsby wants to go to business school to get an MBA and possibly become an agent. He also may explore working as a graduate assistant coach.
"Whatever happens, I still want to be a part of this program," Grigsby said. "Whether it's coming back or giving back, something to help out San Jose State. San Jose State was great to me, so I want to come back and be great to it."
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