Mizzou Football was steamrolling Troy, up 35-7, when Tigers star Quarterback Kelly Bryant dropped back and delivered a pass to Jalen Knox for a 6 yard score which would put the game completely out of reach before the 1st half concluded. Here’s the play as it was broadcast on the SEC Network:
You can see on the back end of the frame, Troy defensive lineman Travis Sailo is beating Mizzou guard Tre’vour Wallace-Simms, but can’t quite get to Bryant before the ball is released. His momentum carries him forward and downward. But we don’t see the conclusion of the hit.
I noticed a player down when Knox hopped up to celebrate his touchdown, and the angle looked like it could be Bryant... unfortunately it was. Here’s the play courtesy of Peter Baugh of theAthletic.com —
Here's the hit on #Mizzou's Kelly Bryant's left knee: pic.twitter.com/ZGwngEEt3a— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) October 5, 2019
The way he’s hit, the angle, the way he falls: my (non)-medical expertise says it doesn’t look like an ACL injury. But he does immediately grab his knee and go down. The play was flagged for a personal foul penalty, and rightfully so. It was a dirty play. The initial action can be mistaken for a guy trying to make a play, but the way he whips his arm around the lower part of Bryants leg is excessive. I doubt he was trying to hurt Bryant any more or less than any defensive player tries to hurt an offensive player with the ball.
I also this perspective from Troy Head Coach Chip Lindsey:
More Lindsey on the hit/Bryant: "It’s unfortunate. Kelly Bryant is a great kid. I remember him in the recruiting days. Obviously, Barry and I are really close. Hopefully he is not hurt bad. I haven’t heard anything lately." https://t.co/pXjkfLJt3a— Nick Kelly (@_NickKelly) October 6, 2019
Jonathan Nance told several reporters he thought his roommate was fine, Yasir Durant said the same thing. Then there’s this:
Kelly Bryant was seen leaving the facilities limp free after not playing the entire second half due to hit to lower left leg @23SportsMUTV— Marcus Thomas (@mtlefty2) October 6, 2019
If it were a serious knee injury, you’d have to think they’d be precautionary at least by having Bryant walking with some crutches or a light cast. No limp is a positive sign.
UPDATE: Coach Odom says postgame that doctors “gave a pretty good report early on” for Kelly Bryant’s leg injury, but waiting to hear more after further evaluation.— Mizzou Radio (@MizzouRadio) October 5, 2019
UPDATE — 9:30pm 2019/10/06:
Injury reports from Missouri— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 7, 2019
QB Kelly Bryant – Knee sprain, expected to have full activity this week…
· LB Cale Garrett – Pectoral tendon injury, having surgery to repair, out indefinitely…
· DB/PR Richaud Floyd – Hamstring injury, doubtful this week…
The news is good for Bryant. Full activity is the absolute best case scenario for him. The other news... well, that’s less good. We’ll have more information on Garrett here shortly.