Johnny Manziel Injury: Updates on Texas A&M Star's Knee, Likely Return Date
Defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel suffered a knee injury during the first quarter vs. Ole Miss on Saturday, providing a potentially serious blow to Texas A&M's season, reports ESPN's Edward Aschoff:
Manziel is being helped off the field. No one touched him but his knee buckled. #TAMUvsMISS— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) October 13, 2013
However, BamaOnLine's Travis Reier reports encouraging news:
Manziel looking like he'll give it a go.— Travis Reier (@travisreier) October 13, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 13
From Aggie Sports:
Kevin Sumlin on Manziel's injury: "We communicated about it and he said he was ready to go back."— Aggie Sports (@Aggie_Sports) October 13, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 12
From AL.com's Joel A. Erickson:
Manziel trotting back out there, completes a throw on his first play back— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAEricksonAU) October 13, 2013
Manziel was living up to the high expectations placed upon him after a dynamic freshman campaign in which he accounted for over 5,100 yards of offense and 47 touchdowns. The outstanding production allowed him to become the first freshman to capture college football's top individual award.
Suffering an injury in his second collegiate season wasn't what the rising star had in mind and, depending on how much time he misses, could derail the Aggies' offense down the stretch. He's been the driving force behind the unit since the start of last season.
This season, he's done well to avoid letting potential distractions impact his performance on the field. After an offseason which included an investigation by the NCAA, he's continued to play at a very high level for the Aggies.
Quite simply, "Johnny Football" is a vital piece of Kevin Sumlin's offense. Missing him for an extended period of time is something the team could struggle to overcome. Other players would need to step up across the board to make up for the lost production.
As for Manziel, this season was viewed as a proving ground as he attempts to show scouts the necessary talent to star at the NFL level. Just because a player is successful in college doesn't guarantee he would be a good fit in the pros.
Ultimately, it's hard to imagine the Texas A&M offense being anywhere near as efficient without him in the lineup. Manziel is a game-changing player. He's illustrated that every step of the way, but the injury bug can slow down even the best players.
The Aggies must do their best to replace him and hope the setback doesn't destroy a promising season.
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