Chicago Rush quarterback Raymond Philyaw underwent successful surgery Friday afternoon to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Rush announced today.

Philyaw suffered the injury on a 16-yard scramble early in the second quarter of the team’s June 12 AFL semifinal game in San Jose.

The 45-minute procedure, performed by Dr. Brian Cole at the Rush Surgicenter in Chicago, was a success and Philyaw is expected to make a full recovery.

“Raymond will begin his rehab next week,” said Rush team doctor Raj Khanna. “We expect him to be ready to go in time for the start of the 2005 season.”

After signing as a free agent last October, Philyaw became an integral part of the Rush, helping to lead the team to an 11-5 record, the Central Division title and the AFL semifinals. During the regular season he connected on 247 of 389 passes for 3,053 yards and 52 touchdowns, while only throwing four interceptions. In addition, Philyaw rushed for 57 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns.

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