McGee Still Questionable For Saturday

It's been more than a week since Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee went down with a shoulder injury at New Mexico, but on Monday, the A&M coaching staff didn't have much more information concerning his playing status than they did boarding the plan in Albuquerque.

"He had rehab this weekend and threw the ball a little bit yesterday, not a lot, just a little bit warming up, and didn't seem to have any discomfort," said A&M head coach Mike Sherman. "Today he had survived the night okay, so we're just going to take it one day at a time, see how he is on Wednesday and go from there."

When asked if McGee could be ready to go for Saturday's game against Miami, Sherman sounded less than confident about his starting quarterback, who hasn't thrown a single pass since the New Mexico game.

"As far as (Sunday's) practice was concerned, Jerrod (Johnson) took all the snaps," he said. "(Stephen) took some in the run game but we didn't ask him to make any throws to aggravate the shoulder. So we'll just take it one day at a time and see how it goes. I think Wednesday and Thursday will pretty much dictate where we are with him, either as a starter or the backup."

Making matters even worse is the injury to A&M quarterback/wide receiver Ryan Tannehill, who injured his ankle in the New Mexico game as well after catching 3 passes for 57 yards. Tannehill was still not able to practice on Sunday either and his condition for the Miami game is questionable as well. If he's unable to suit up and McGee is unable to go, the Aggies will be left with Jerrod Johnson and true freshman Tommy Dorman—who Sherman was hoping to redshirt this season.

On the flipside, Sherman said that Johnson has looked good this week in practice while taking the vast majority of snaps.

"I think he's had a good week of preparation," Sherman said. "Last week he really did some nice things in practice. I think when we put him in the ballgame (at New Mexico), you have to understand—and I said this after the ball game as well—we prepared him more to play receiver in that ballgame than quarterback. But he jumped in there and I thought he did a fine job for us. There's some things we need to clean up with him from a game situation/management situation, but other than that I thought he managed quite well and I think this last week he's done a good job for us."

Because of the effect on multiple positions on the Aggie offense, Sherman added that he'll need to make a decision on McGee's availability in the coming days so that the players who will play have a chance to prepare together.

"I'll probably make a decision on Stephen in the next couple of days," Sherman said.

But even if McGee is able to come back, Sherman would not rule out the possibility of Johnson seeing playing time at some point in the Miami game under center.

"That's a possibility, but we'll have to wait and see," Sherman said. "I don't want to have to back myself into a corner and say we're going to do this and do that without actually knowing whether Stephen can even play or not. Once I know he can play I can make the decisions to reflect that. And I don't know that for sure just yet."

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