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MSU's Mullen: QB Tyler Russell (head) doubtful for home opener

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Tyler Russell is not expected to practice this week after sustaining a head injury on Saturday. (USATSI)
Tyler Russell is not expected to practice this week after sustaining a head injury on Saturday. (USATSI)

Mississippi State struggled to get the offense rolling against Oklahoma State on Saturday, failing to score a touchdown and eventually losing 21-3.

Starting quarterback Tyler Russell left the game late in the third quarter after sustaining a hit to the head on a quarterback scramble. As Russell was being pulled to the ground, his helmet hit the knee of Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons.

Russell's status for Saturday's home opener against Alcorn State is "doubtful," according to Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen.

"We don't expect him to practice this week," Mullen said Monday. "He might be cleared for the game and we'll make a decision if he's cleared for the game."

Sophomore Dak Prescott completed 7 of 17 passes for 89 yards after Russell left the game. He will be the starting quarterback if Russell does not play, and Mullen said true freshman quarterback Damian Williams is next up after Prescott.

Regardless of who is under center, Mississippi State will be better off against Alcorn State than it was on Saturday against the Cowboys. The game allows the unit to get back on track before kicking off SEC play on the road against Gus Malzahn and Auburn on Sept. 14.

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