This is not what Baylor fans want to see. On Saturday in its game against Iowa State, Bears’ quarterback Seth Russell fractured a bone in his neck as a result of a helmet-to-helmet hit. X-rays and a CT scan were taken after the game and revealed the fracture. Russell is set to see a specialist next week.
Update on Seth Russell: X-rays & CT scan after game revealed fracture in 1 of bones of neck. Will see specialist next wk. Timetable unknown.
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) October 24, 2015
Oh wow, just saw Baylor release on QB Seth Russell: fracture on one of bones in neck. Will see specialist this week. Brutal.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 24, 2015
The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter when Russell pushed forward on a 4-yard run and collided with Cyclones’ defensive back Jomal Wiltz.
Russell is in the midst of a special year. The 6’3”, 220-pound junior from Garland, Texas has his Bears ranked No. 2 at the moment and has thrown for an obscene 1,907 yards and 27 touchdowns, while throwing only five interceptions.
This could potentially be a huge blow for the Bears. At the moment, there is no timetable set for Russell’s return. But when it comes to neck and head injuries, expect Baylor to being extremely cautious.
If Russell is out, expect head coach Art Briles to lean on Jarrett Stidham at quarterback. The 6’3”, 195-pound freshman from Stephenville, Texas has thrown for 319 yards and five touchdowns (zero interceptions) in mostly mop-up duty.
At least Baylor will be idle next week, but it returns to the field November 5 for a Thursday night game at Kansas State.