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We play a very, very emotional game,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “I think sometimes you have to allow people to have their emotions. I don’t think nothing of it. I think he has a long road ahead of him if it is the injury he is expecting.

(Quote from a news story about Earl Thomas breaking his leg)

What does the sentence in bold mean? The “if it is the injury he is expecting” is the most confusing part. Would you rephrase it for me please?

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I think he has a long road ahead of him if it is the injury he is expecting.

I will start on the second half

if it is the injury he is expecting.

The player has had an injury, they haven't yet had an official diagnosis, but the player (and everyone else) has seen this so often they know what it is

I think he has a long road ahead of him

a "long road ahead" is an idiom/ metaphor and it literally means "he has a long way to travel", which effectively means "a lot of work to do, and it will take a lot of time".

So to put it all together:
The player has had an injury (we all think we know what it is) and there is going to be a lot of healing and physio therapy and training required to regain his peak performance.

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