ORLANDO, Fla. >> McKenzie Milton walked without crutches for the first time in five months, reaching another milestone as the UCF star quarterback works to recover from a catastrophic knee injury.
Milton’s mother, Teresa, shared video on Instagram Thursday of the quarterback walking near the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he has received treatment for a dislocated knee and extensive nerve damage he suffered during the Knights’ game against rival USF in November.
She added the comment, “Our boy had another miracle today!! He walked.”
McKenzie Milton shared the video on his Instagram stories feed, adding, “5 months since I walked … thank God.”
Milton told the Orlando Sentinel in March he was able to put 75 pounds of weight on his legs and he hoped to be walking as early as the end of April.
The milestone was big for Milton.
After suffering his knee injury, he was rushed to Tampa General Hospital for emergency surgery. Doctors were able to restore blood flow to his lower right leg after the knee dislocation damaged nerves. He went through multiple surgeries and one doctor told him 50 percent of people who suffer the same injury have their legs amputated.
Milton has since been focused on painful rehabilitation work during which he pushes to work through any scar tissue building up around his knee. He has said the rehab is more painful than the original injury.
He has not set a timeline for his return to the football field, instead focusing on smaller milestones like the one he reached Thursday, the same day the 2019 NFL draft kicked off in Nashville, Tenn.
The recovery process is grueling, but Milton said he has faith he will eventually line up at quarterback again.
“I feel like I’m definitely going to play football again at a very high level,” he said.