T.J. Edwards got the bad news directly from Jack Cichy.
"He texted," Edwards said, "and then he came over to my place and we talked about it."
They talked about Cichy's MRI that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. They talked about how Edwards would have to carry on without him and lead the defense.
Cichy, a senior captain, was emotional, which was not out of character.
"He wears everything on his sleeve," Edwards said.
Cichy has always played linebacker with raw emotion and energy; a fist-pumping emotion that punctuated each of his three consecutive sacks against USC leading to the "Three-Sack Jack" moniker.
"He's always such a positive guy," Edwards said.
But Cichy was expressing a different emotion on the heels of his season-ending injury.
"It was right after he got the result from his MRI and it was an emotional time," Edwards said for context. "He's one of my best friends and to see him hurting like that is tough."
Edwards also struggled.
"Oh, yeah, I was emotional for sure," he said.
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