Posted by Tom Fornelli
Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens had to be carted off the field during the third quarter of Tech's 45-40 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday night after suffering a knee injury. A&M's Damontre Moore dove into Stephens' knee after he dropped a pass along the sideline and then rolled over on top of it. It was the type of injury that looked really bad when it happened, and there's not much reason to think the diagnosis will be much better.
As of Monday afternoon, Stephens' knee was still too swollen to undergo an MRI, but even without the MRI head coach Tommy Tuberville didn't sound very optimistic about the situation.
"It's not good, there's lots of damage. Hopefully, we'll get him back in spring ball," Tuberville said on Monday.
Hoping to get him back in spring ball is a pretty good indication that Stephens won't be returning this season, and that's a pretty big blow to the Texas Tech offense.
Stephens had already rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on the night before leaving in the third quarter due to the injury, and has rushed for 570 yards and 8 touchdowns in five games. He's also caught 15 passes for 128 yards. Freshman DeAndre Washington would likely replace Stephens as the starting running back, and he's rushed for 107 yards on 22 carries this season.