Zach Mettenberger Injury: Updates on LSU QB's Head Injury

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2012

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 19: Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers looks to the sideline against the Ole Miss Rebels on November 19, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 52-3. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Fourth-year junior QB Zach Mettenberger better hope the rest of his starts for No. 3 LSU go better than his first one, which came against North Texas on Saturday. 


UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8:25 p.m. ET

Great news for Mettenberger and LSU fans—what was feared to be a concussion must have proved to be something less, as the QB has reentered the game. 

The Times-Picayune's Jim Kleinpeter tweeted the update:

Mettenberger has helmet on and coming back out w/ #LSU offense. Crowd gives tentative cheer.

— Jim Kleinpeter (@JimKleinpeter) September 2, 2012

With LSU firmly in control, 24-0, there is no reason for LSU to reinsert Mettenberger unless he was given a clean bill of health from the trainers. 

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The Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan let's us know why this is the case:

The start of the much-anticipated Zach Mettenberger era at #LSU has been temporarily derailed. He's out w/an apparent concussion.

— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) September 1, 2012

With his team up, 14-0, nearing the end of the first quarter, Mettenberger was sacked by North Texas' Hilbert Jackson. It looked like there was some helmet-to-helmet contact on the play, and Mettenberger's head bounced hard off the turf as he was slammed into the ground. 

He was tended to on the sidelines, threw some passes and paced around without his helmet on before returning to the locker room. 

He was replaced by the younger brother of San Diego Chargers' QB Philip Rivers, Stephen Rivers.

As I write, this game is early in the second quarter with LSU leading, 21-0. The Tigers have not attempted a pass since Mettenberger left the game, and if they wanted to, they wouldn't have to throw one the rest of the game to claim a victory. 

Mettenberger performed fine while playing—although not much was needed of him. He left the game after having gone 3-of-5 for 51 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. 

His start was highly anticipated, as the talented quarterback's long-and-winding road finally reached the point of starting for a major college program. 

He spent a redshirt season at Georgia, a year at junior college and he was LSU's third-string QB last season. 

Hopefully, this is not a recurring issue for Mettenberger.