In the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game at
Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson was visibly in a lot of pain.
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall explained Monday that Nelson may miss the
Cougars’ final regular season game Saturday, November 24 at San
Jose State . New
Team trainers were tending to Nelson constantly between offensive series in the fourth quarter Saturday night. On Monday, Nelson did not practice.
Said Mendenhall, “He’s hurt. Hopefully he’ll be back by the game, but he got pounded against
. He took a lot of shots. He
didn’t practice today.” San Jose
BYU’s head trainer Jeff Hurst said Nelson’s playing status was “day to day.”
The diagnosis on Nelson is a little vague. It was described as an injury to the spot where the rib attaches to the cartilage.
Mendenhall was hesitant to give a percentage chance that Nelson would play on Saturday.
He explained, “I don’t know enough about it. I’ll probably know more and more as the week goes. For him to be out today is pretty significant, because the guy doesn’t miss many.”
Based on Nelson’s track record, it would be surprising if he does not start at
In 2011, he returned from a rib and lung injury faster than anyone could have
imagined. Earlier this year, Nelson started two games after suffering fractured vertebrae in his back. At that time, he told reporters the only way he would
not suit up and play for any game was if the coaches told him he could not. New Mexico State
If Nelson does not start, senior James Lark will get his first career start.
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