Originally Posted by badboy
From a medical standpoint, is this type of thing a danger to player's career or is it something that if he plays on it, the new damage if any will be correctable by surgery in most cases (not looking at Newton only but all?
Because of the chronicity of the injury, he would have most likely undergone a total graft replacement of the patellar tendon. If he is able to return to play and regain most of his range of motion and strength, there is a very good chance that he could still have a long career. I don't expect that we will know for sure which direction it really takes before mid season.
We don't know for sure if he had any cartilage or other ligament damage/repair, which would make recovery/prognosis that much more unpredictable.