Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman announced on Monday that A&M quarterback Stephen McGee's shoulder is not injured as badly as coaches and trainers originally feared.
It was believed that McGee had torn his labrum, but an MRI on Monday morning revealed that it was a sprain, leaving McGee listed as day to day heading into the Miami game next Saturday.
"It's not as severe as we originally thought," Sherman said on Monday. "I thought there was a tear in the labrum, but he has a sprained shoulder with a slight separation. He won't do anything this week and next week he'll be day to day. To say he won't be ready for the Miami game, I won't say that just yet. We'll take it day by day."
Through the first few series of play on Saturday, A&M quarterback Stephen McGee appeared to be on his way to a solid outing against New Mexico. Even A&M head coach Mike Sherman commented on several nice plays that McGee had made.
But on third and ten, McGee stood in and took a hit while completing a 14-yard pass to Ryan Tannehill that injured his right shoulder.
But McGee--tough as always--returned to the game with the injury before Sherman replaced him with Johnson.
"He actually played with it during the course of the game to his credit, and we really had to take him out of the game," Sherman said.
Sherman added that if McGee is not ready to go against the Hurricanes, he is comfortable with Jerrod Johnson.
"I'm very comfortable with Jerrod," Sherman said. "I think you have to look at his performance and understand how difficult that was. When we lost Stephen, we also lost two of our packages because he had spent most of the week at receiver and he's splitting time there and quarterback thinking he was going to play more wide receiver than quarterback. I thought he did a marvelous job getting us into the endzone."
When asked who would be the starter once McGee returns, Sherman didn't hesitate.
"As of right now, I thought (McGee) was getting ready to have a heck of a ballgame. He would still be the starter, there's no reason for him not to," Sherman said. "The play he got hurt on, he made a heck of a third down throw under duress and continued to play with an injury. He didn't do anything that would warrant him not being the starter this week if we were playing."
McGee listed as day to day, still A&M starter
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