Outside of a spine or neck injury, there’s no other injury in football more nausea-inducing than a lacerated (insert internal organ here).
Unfortunately, that’s the situation facing Texas and one of the most productive members of its defense.
In the second quarter of a 41-16 win over Texas Tech that kept them in the hunt for a Big 12 title, Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond suffered an injury that forced him into the locker room and knocked him out for the remainder of the game. Further evaluation determined that Edmond had suffered a lacerated liver on the play, the school confirmed Friday.
Edmond sustained the injury when he was hit by a Red Raider receiver on a (legal) crack-back block. At least one UT coach, however, indicated that the play was dirty pool:
The junior will miss the regular-season finale against Baylor next weekend. His availability for a bowl game is officially unknown, although it appears doubtful he will be back for any further 2013 games.
Entering Week 14, Edmond was leading the Longhorns in tackles.