Branch Warren will be in attendance at the 2011 Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas, but, unfortunately, he'll have a different view of the stage. Warren was in Atlanta over the weekend for an appearance. He slipped on wet pavement while stepping into his car. He heard a "tear" emerge from his left leg, and he was rushed to an Atlanta hospital.
Doctors at Baylor Hospital, in Texas, confirmed Warren's worst fear yesterday when they diagnosed his leg injury as a torn quadriceps tendon. The Texas resident will undergo surgery Monday morning, August 22, 2011, and is expected to recover fully in time to return to the stage in 2012.
Branch is a relentless warrior and bounced back from injury on two previous occasions. He suffered both a biceps and a triceps tear in years past. Each time he came back bigger and stronger. Both of the previously injured body parts now possess larger dimensions than the uninjured sides.
Warren was heavily-favored to challenge Jay Cutler for the 2011 Mr. Olympia title. The competition will be held in Las Vegas September 16-17. He will now focus on a full recovery and the birth of his first child, expected later in the year.
Fans and Bodybuilding.com are devastated by the news, but we wish Branch a speedy and full recovery.