Wide receiver Brandon Childress out for season with knee injury


Central Michigan wide receiver Brandon Childress runs off the field during the open spring practice on April 13 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Central Michigan wide receiver Brandon Childress will miss the 2019 football season.

The redshirt senior from Baldwin injured his knee while playing basketball this offseason, according to head coach Jim McElwain.

“It just breaks my heart because he had come as far as anybody has in our program,” McElwain said. “He’s going to move on and get into coaching actually, and I’m excited about that.”

McElwain did not specify the nature of the injury.

Childress has 43 career receptions for 524 yards and two touchdowns, but he was expected to take on an expanded role in the upcoming season, especially after showing chemistry with projected starting quarterback Quinten Dormady this spring.

McElwain did not make it clear if Childress would immediately take a position on the Chippewas' coaching staff or if the transition would happen after the academic year. Childress could also look to get his coaching start at another institution once the 2019 season is complete.

Back in the 2017 season, Childress tore his anterior cruciate ligament celebrating a touchdown Sept. 9 against Kansas. The injury was season-ending.

“Any injury is tough for any person, but they happen for a reason," Childress told Central Michigan Life in March 2018. "It has given me the opportunity to become a better leader, which I feel I’ve accomplished.”

The 6-foot-2, 184-pound student-athlete played in seven games last season, catching 15 passes for 155 yards without a touchdown. He was considered the top receiver on the roster.