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UCF QB McKenzie Milton takes first unaided steps since devastating knee injury

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McKenzie Milton took his first unaided steps since suffering nerve and ligament damage in his right knee in November. (AP)
McKenzie Milton took his first unaided steps since suffering nerve and ligament damage in his right knee in November. (AP)

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a devastating knee injury at the end of the 2018 season.

He dislocated his right knee against USF and required emergency surgery at a Tampa Bay hospital. He suffered two torn ligaments and nerve damage and hasn’t walked without the aid of crutches since the November injury.

That was until Thursday.

Milton takes steps without crutches

McKenzie’s mother, Teresa posted video of Milton Thursday walking on his own for the first time since the injury outside the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he has been rehabbing.

Milton hoping for 2020 return

It’s a big step for Milton who is expected to miss all of the upcoming season but hopes to return to football in 2020.

“That’s what I’m hoping for, but if that’s not in my best-case scenario, if I don’t feel like I’m ready to come back at that point, then I won’t,” Milton said earlier in April. “I’ll take as much time as I need because I want to play at a certain level where I was at or if not better. I feel like I would be doing myself a disservice if I came back and wasn’t completely ready to play. I don’t think that’s smart.”

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