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With two cracked bones in his spine, Baylor QB Bryce Petty listed as day-to-day

Bryce Petty

The main story line to emerge from No. 10 Baylor’s 45-0 thumping of SMU on Sunday night was not the sharp teeth and elongated claws of the Bears’ defense, but the back of Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Bryce PettyPetty was lifted at halftime of a 31-0 game after grabbing his left hip and noticeably grimacing multiple times throughout the first half. The senior connected on 13-0f-23 throws for 161 yards and rushed twice for 21 yards and an additional score, but missed a handful of deep throws to open Bears receivers.

One day later, we officially know why.

After undergoing an MRI on Monday morning, Petty was diagnosed with two cracks in the transverse processes of his back, as first reported by Dennis Dodd

“I’m bummed out because it’s never fun being hurt,” Petty told “Bummed out because I just watched tape and everything is off. You never want to make any excuses. When you’re throwing and I can’t torque [it’s frustrating]. Every time I went to throw it would jolt. It felt like somebody was punching me in my side.”

Bruce Feldman of also reported that Petty’s injury is one that heals on its own. If so, it just comes down to Petty finding a way to manage the pain.

Petty is listed as day-to-day and plans to play Saturday versus Northwestern State. Should it so choose, Baylor has both the time and the opportunity to rest its star gunslinger before the meat of the schedule arrives. The Bears visit Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 12 and then take a week off before opening Big 12 play at Iowa State on Sept. 27.

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11 Responses to “With two cracked bones in his spine, Baylor QB Bryce Petty listed as day-to-day”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Sep 1, 2014 6:27 PM

    I broke my T12 vertabra last year in a freak fall. It took 6 months to completely heal and I don’t play football anymore Trust me it’s no fun with braces, pain meds, etc. Good luck with that, Bryce.

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 1, 2014 6:54 PM

    Briles, when asked about leaving Petty in a game that was never in doubt, after it became obvious he was injured, said “He needed the work.”

    What a great humanitarian.

  3. tampabayirish says: Sep 1, 2014 7:10 PM

    There were multiple opportunities this past weekend where coaches (Brian Kelly) should have gotten their starting quarterbacks out of the game sooner than they did. Briles was the only one to get burned. I never understood why coaches don’t get the backup QB more work in blowout games. At some point you may need them. At that point you would be happier if they saw some live action along the way.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Sep 1, 2014 7:41 PM

    Isn’t the grown up thing to do is sit the kid, so he doesn’t spend the rest of his adult life on pain meds? I know it won’t get you into the playoffs, but you don’t need to punch a first class ticket to hell just to win some games coach.

  5. anc713 says: Sep 1, 2014 8:54 PM

    Let’s face it, nowadays it’s all about winning big to impress voters, which is why you see starters left in late in blowout games.

  6. oldforester says: Sep 1, 2014 10:37 PM

    This really speaks for itself. Watching the game, it was clear that the kid was injured. The game was well in hand, and I sat there wondering why would a coach risk aggravating a Heisman quality player’s injury in any situation, let alone a meaningless one. You have a whole season to look forward to, and Petty was a known commodity, he wasn’t a new starting at QB.
    Then Petty takes off and runs, and gets cracked in the back, again, while scoring.
    No compassion for this coach.
    As Robin Williams once joked: “God is mysterious, he gives us one brain, and one penis, but only enough blood to work one at a time”.
    I think we all know where this coach’s blood was pooled.

  7. wabbitslayer says: Sep 2, 2014 6:24 AM

    Two cracks in his spine and he is listed as day to day.
    Ridiculous. This pretty much sums up what is wrong with college football now.

  8. cubano76 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:12 AM

    DAY to DAY ?!?!?!?!?!?!?! What the hell?

  9. dhardy8207 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    Playing with that type of injury couldn’t threaten this young man’s career and more. Briles really needs to format a game plan without him and let him fully heal…

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 2, 2014 9:53 AM

    I’m not sure who’s behind Petty but I would probably say Baylor’s dreams of the CFB Playoff are probably gone if Petty misses any significant time.

    That defense though will definitely help a young QB find his way.

  11. scbaby2013 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:49 PM

    Hope he’s ok

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