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Drew Barker out at least 3-4 weeks with back injury

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

There have been rumblings about this on social media all day, but Mark Stoops just confirmed that sophomore quarterback Drew Barker will be out for a “significant” amount of time with a back injury. This morning, Barker met with a specialist, who, according to Stoops, said the best option for him right now is to rest. As of now, the injury won’t require surgery, but Stoops said Barker could be out three to four weeks, or maybe even the rest of the season.

“Drew will be out. His injury does not require surgery at this time. He will miss significant time,” Stoops said, calling the injury, “serious” and “legitimate.”

On Monday, Stoops said Drew’s injury wasn’t just the result of the hit he took on Saturday vs. New Mexico State, but a lingering issue that’s been bothering him since the summer.

“He’s had some issues that were lingering, so it’s not just one hit. If you look at the hit, it doesn’t look anything too much but I think you put that and compound it on some the back problems that he’s had, even going back to last week at Florida,” Stoops said. “He had a few issues come up in the summer, a couple things that were bothering him. Some of this is chronic.”

Thankfully, Stephen Johnson has proven he’s capable of running Kentucky’s offense in Drew’s absence. Best of luck to Drew in his recovery.

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5 Comments for Drew Barker out at least 3-4 weeks with back injury

  1. Patches
    7:36 pm September 21, 2016 Permalink

    The biggest chance that Steve Johnson can get to make himself The Man for the offense and establish himself as the starter for the rest of the year.

  2. Tej
    7:45 pm September 21, 2016 Permalink

    This is a tough break for Drew Barker. He is a good kid who became a leader on the team. Hopefully, he makes a quick recovery and gets back on the field soon.

  3. blueballs80
    9:20 pm September 21, 2016 Permalink

    First off, our D sucks so bad, any offense would look good against it so out barometer in the first place was in accurate. What’s up with Kentucky quarterbacks struggling at the QB position minus Woods on. Must be some kinda curse

    • RealCatsFan
      9:45 pm September 21, 2016 Permalink

      Curse of the Bear it is.

  4. a21CATSfan
    11:11 pm September 21, 2016 Permalink

    Actually, Mitch suspended him 3-4 weeks for wearing the old logo on his chinstrap pad.