Tra Carson Injury: Updates on Texas A&M RB's Status, Likely Return Date
Texas A&M running back Tra Carson left the Aggies' contest against UTEP on Saturday and was carted off on a stretcher after suffering an injury in the fourth quarter.
The cart and stretcher are coming onto the field for Carson.— TexAgs.com (@TexAgs) November 3, 2013
Carson was injured while taking a handoff with the Aggies ahead 57-7 in the fourth quarter. Gaining three yards on the play, Carson was hit hard by the UTEP defense and fumbled before Germard Reed dived on the ball to recover and keep possession.
From Houston Chronicle reporter Brent Zwerneman:
Sumlin said x-rays on Carson were negative and he likely won't be going to the hospital tonight.â€” Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) November 3, 2013
Carson said this after the game:
Im good thanks everyoneâ€” Tra Carson (@PlutoCarson) November 3, 2013
As the scrum was ongoing, Carson lied on the ground motionless and was instantly attended to by trainers on the field. Though he seemed to have movement in his extremities, the Aggies training staff called for a cart to be brought out as a precaution.
He was then placed in head and neck restraints and taken to the locker room for further evaluation. Paul Myerburg of USA Today noted that Carson waved to the fans as he was being carted away, signaling that he would be all right:
Tra Carson waves his left hand as he gets loaded onto the medical team's golf cart.â€” Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 3, 2013
Though his role has lessened since the beginning of the season, Carson has the third on the team behind Johnny Manziel and Ben Malena with 52 carries. He's fourth on the team with 270 yards and has scored four times thus far.
Before leaving with the injury, Carson had two carries for one yard. Texas A&M will almost certainly hold him out for the remainder of the game, as the Aggies jumped out to a massive lead against the 1-6 Miners.
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