Murphy's Bradley Hopes to Play Friday

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By WSIL Sports

MURPHYSBORO -- Diamante Bradley has spent more time in the training room this week than on the practice field. The senior running back sprained his MCL during last week's game against Massac County. At first he thought his playing days as a Red Devil were over.

"Would it be a season ender? That's what I thought," Bradley said.

Luckily for him, the injury isn't that serious. Murphsyboro athletic trainer Andrew Teeter is working with the three-year starter during practice. He uses a TENS unit to help speed up recovery time. The device produces electrical current to stimulate blood flow to the injured area. It also decreases pain by reducing sensitivity on the nerves. Diamante uses it while icing his knee.

"I'm icing everyday, 10 minutes every time," he said. "Twice in a bucket, wrapped up."

Bradley is taking his rehab seriously. He not only wants to play this week but in the future as well. His dream of playing college football was in question just a few years ago. As a sophomore he was kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons.

"The beginning it was kind of sloppy but as we're getting to the end it's getting better, I'm improving," he said.

Diamante rededicated himself to the football team and the classroom, something Red Devils head coach Gary Carter was happy to see.

"It's teaching a lesson," Carter said. "You're going to do one of two things; you're either going to bury your head in the sand and quit or you're going to keep fighting. We want to teach our kids to keep fighting no matter what happens in life."

"Without football he probably wouldn't be in the best position but football has helped him a lot," Red Devils senior linebacker Kevin Gude added.

Diamante is one of southern Illinois' leading rushers this season. He's a game time decision for Friday night.
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