The SEC quarterback injury bug took a trip to Columbia, Missouri Saturday afternoon. Kelly Bryant somehow escaped its wrath, but the Tigers did not leave the game unscathed.
After throwing his third touchdown of the day to give Mizzou a comfortable 42-7 lead, a Troy defender took down Bryant from behind. “Nasty” is the best way to describe the play.
Kelly Bryant just threw a TD to put Mizzou up 42-7 on Troy and this happened to his left knee as he got hit late.
He’s gone to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/wljIgprTdE
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 5, 2019
Bryant returned to the sideline on crutches. The school announced Bryant only suffered a sprained knee. Their starting quarterback was spared, but their star linebacker was not.
Cale Garrett has been ruled out indefinitely after the linebacker had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. What’s remarkable is that he played almost the entire game with the injury and still had two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Here’s the last play of the 1st quarter last night. Might have been when Garrett got hurt. Again, before his TWO interceptions. pic.twitter.com/djg3dYTEHF
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 7, 2019
Missouri will certainly feel Garrett’s absence. This season he has 43 tackles, the second-most in the SEC, and five tackles for loss, tied for ninth in the conference. For those who haven’t been paying attention, Missouri’s defense has been excellent in 2019. They rank first in the SEC in total defense (227.2 ypg.) and scoring defense (13.6 ppg.).
The Tigers’ defense has two weeks to adjust to life without Barrett before making the trip to Kroger Field. Missouri hosts Ole Miss this Saturday before embarking on a trip to Vanderbilt that kicks off a three-game road trip.