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Texas A&M receiver leaves with apparent head injury

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There’s not much to complain about if you’re Texas A&M. The Aggies are winning easily over Louisiana Tech 24-0. However, A&M may have to finish tonight’s game without one of its star receivers, Ryan Swope

Swope took a brutal hit to the helmet on a crossing pattern over the middle during the first quarter of tonight’s game. He stayed down on the ground for a while before being helped off by team trainers who appeared to be testing him to see if he knew what year it was and who the president is.

LaTech was flagged on the play.

It’s not clear if Swope will return tonight, though the fact that he’s now on the sidelines without his pads on is a pretty clear indicator he won’t. He had one grab for five yards.

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5 Responses to “Texas A&M receiver leaves with apparent head injury”
  1. Deb says: Oct 13, 2012 11:16 PM

    If he’s sitting on the sidelines, he’s in better shape than Missouri’s Eric Waters, who left the Alabama/Mizzou game on a stretcher bound for the hospital. Why didn’t that warrant a mention? Apparently he’s now in stable condition and able to move his extremities. Thank God.

  2. John Taylor says: Oct 13, 2012 11:23 PM

    Hey Deb, you realize that there are two people trying to keep track of 50-plus games? Lighten up already.

  3. Deb says: Oct 13, 2012 11:32 PM

    Hey, John. Then isn’t it nice that I updated folks on what happened with the scary situation in Columbia?

  4. bouwel92 says: Oct 14, 2012 12:42 AM

    Come on LA TECH. We got this all we need is to keep our offense going and hope the D keeps going strong. Lets show the nation what we can do. GO BULLDOGS!!

  5. sportsking2000 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:59 AM

    It seems like defensive players are perfectly willing to inflict a brutal shot to the head of a STAR player and then simply accept the 15 yard penalty. Look at the upside of that strategy for the defense – it’s only 15 penalty yards tacked on but they player hit will likely have to leave the game for a play, series, half, or even a season. Worst case scenario the player is out for his career.

    The league needs to have a penalty that actually means something. Eject the player from the game. Period. That will stop the violent helmet to helmet blindside shots. That will stop the intent to injure if the the offending player gets tossed from the game.

    If you want the punishment to be a deterrent, make the consequences something the players and coaches actually care about……lost playing time….Lost snaps. Lost Games.

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