Bryce Petty didn’t play during the second half of Baylor’s 45-0 beatdown of Southern Methodist on Sunday night due to a back injury. While there was no indication of exactly what was wrong, Petty was visibly wincing and playing through pain en route to throwing for 161 yards, running for 21 yards, and combining for three touchdowns.
Today, according to a report by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, it was announced that Petty has two cracks in his spine, which sounds terrifying, but he is only day-to-day and expects to take the field on Sept. 6 when the Bears take on Northwestern State.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is day-to-day with two cracks in the transfer processes of his back CBSSports.com learned Monday afternoon.
The discovery was made after a Monday morning MRI showed that bones sticking out from the spine were cracked according to a spokesman. Petty said he is pain but expects to play this week against Northwestern State. The injury is expected to heal on its own.
According to Petty, he can’t sit or walk right, and he felt pain in his back every time he went to throw on Saturday. Petty said that, “It felt like somebody was punching me in my side.”
While this sounds like a serious injury, it would appear that Petty isn’t too worried about it becoming the kind of injury that could derail his Heisman hopes or Baylor’s national championship hopes. However, if he were to miss time, the team’s next three weeks are against Northwestern State, a trip to Buffalo on Sept. 12, and a bye week, so nobody would blame the senior if he wanted to rest and let his back heal.