Baker Mayfield Injury: Updates on Texas Tech QB's Knee, Likely Return Date
Texas Tech has suffered a potentially devastating injury, as starting quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to injure his knee in the team's game against Kansas.
According to Bryan Fischer of the Pac-12 Network, the freshman needed help to get off the field:
Yikes, Baker Mayfield being helped off by Texas Tech trainers. The QB didn’t put any weight on his leg and pointed to his knee.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 5, 2013
His Week 7 status remains in question.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15
From RedRaiderSports.com's Mike Graham:
Baker Mayfield was back in pads today when we got to go to the field. Can't read much into it, but good news for Mayfield.— Mike Graham (@MGraham17) October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 11
RedRaiderSports.com's Chris Level transcribes details that Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury provided on Baker Mayfield's status:
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
From David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest:
Kliff Kingsbury on Baker Mayfield: "He will not be out for the entire season. Wasn't structural damage that we thought."— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 7, 2013
Mayfield got off to an incredible start to the season, totaling 780 passing yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his first two games. While he has cooled down since, he still has done enough to keep the Red Raiders undefeated and climbing in the rankings.
Before leaving the game against the Jayhawks, Mayfield went 32-of-51 for 368 passing yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass, but he helped his team get to a 37-10 advantage before suffering the injury.
Fellow freshman Davis Webb replaced Mayfield in the fourth quarter and will likely remain under center for as long as the starter is out. Webb has actually received significant playing time this year, totaling 515 passing yards and four touchdowns entering this week.
As the schedule gets tougher in the Big 12, the squad will hope that the backup will be able to keep the offense rolling should Mayfield be unable to play.
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