Posted by Tom Fornelli
The debut of Texas Tech defensive lineman Leon Mackey was one of the more anticipated moments for the team and its fans this weekend, as the juco transfer was expected to have quite an impact on Tech's pass rush this season. Now, after starting the game and recording 4 tackles in Tech's 50-10 win over Texas State, Mackey and the Red Raiders have a lot more important things to worry about.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville announced on Tuesday that Mackey would be out for a while after suffering a deflated lung when taking a hit to the chest during the game.
“It’s up in the air how long he’ll be out,” Tuberville told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “Probably several weeks, maybe more.”
Mackey spent 24 hours in the hospital after the game.
Obviously, this is an injury that's a bit more serious than your typical football injury. A pulled hamstring or even a broken leg can keep you out for a few weeks or a season, but neither injury is going to kill you. A deflated lung on the other hand can have far worse consequences than keeping you off the football field.