October 8, 2008

A&M can't afford to lose players to injury

The injury situation at quarterback has been widely publicized at Texas A&M. Senior quarterback Stephen McGee has sprained his throwing shoulder twice and taken out of two games. Sophomore Jerrod Johnson has started just two games, but he's had plenty of more game time than McGee this season due to the injury.

But the Aggies have been ravaged by injuries throughout the lineup, which is not a good thing for a team with as little depth in key areas as the Aggies. Especially with the Big 12 conference season heating up.

Some injuries, like running back Keondra Smith, hurt in the depth department but not as much as other injuries. The reason is, as in Smith's case, it's one of the few positions on the team with a lot of depth. The Aggies have Mike Goodson, Bradley Stephens and Cyrus Gray at tailback to go along with Smith, and now Jorvorskie Lane is seeing more carries at tailback as well.

But other injuries, like the ones suffered at Oklahoma State, could figure into A&M's short-term plans for this season.

A&M's top two middle linebackers on the depth chart, juniors Matt Featherston and Anthony Lewis, both went down in Stillwater. Featherston's injury was the most dire as it appeared that he may have hurt his ACL or MCL. A&M head coach Mike Sherman said he didn't know the severity of the injury after the game. Monday, he didn't have any more information on Featherston or any of the other injuries.

"Nothing more than I told you the other night after the ball game. We're going to continue to evaluate them," Sherman said. "It's nothing more serious. There are no surgical remedies that we have to rely on. It's just sprains and bangs that we can recover from. I wouldn't rule anybody out just yet."

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