"I went in for an MRI yesterday, and Dr. Yun just called me and said
that there was way too much internal damage to the knee to do a
partial replacement. So, we are scheduled to do a full replacement next Friday."
Q: Updated recovery time frame?
STEVENS: "I really didn't
get into that. Dr. Yun still gave me the option of a partial (knee
replacement). And I said, 'Doc, I'm 51 years old and I'm going to bust
my butt which ever way I go, but with the support that I've gotten in
the past, I don't want to come back and have this knee blow out in three
months with the partial. I said, let's do the whole deal.' It's been a
great run, a great career, and if I don't make it back, I can live with
that. But, I'm going to bust my butt to do it...my ACL was completely
shot, which I didn't even know. That was a big shock. I'll just say
it. There was some tears when he called me. But, I'm so excited to get
it done...I'm looking forward to it, but the last 35 minutes has been
Q: Was the MRI the worst case scenario?
STEVENS: "Yeah, the MRI, absolutely. I had no idea the damage that was in there...when I was in to see the doctor Wednesday,
he said 'how long has your ACL been gone?' I said, 'it's not." He
said, 'Oh yeah, it's gone'...He said he's never seen anybody do what
(I've) been doing with no ACL. So, I apologize to anyone who happens to
have lost some money on me...I've been doing the best I could do for
awhile. It hasn't been right for the last month-and-a-half...That's
where we're at. I'm looking forward to either getting back in the
saddle at some point, or continuing on with my broadcasting career."