This story has been updated from a previous version.
Texas A&M first-year quarterback Haynes King was ruled out for several weeks after suffering what coach Jimbo Fisher described as a crack in his right leg. The A&M coach said he has since had surgery to repair the injury.
“He has a crack in his lower leg that they fixed and operated on. It went clean as a whistle, really good. It was as good as it could be humanly in terms of the prognosis of things, ”Fisher told reporters on Monday (via Yahoo! Sports). “Timeline, I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to say it. When you heal, you heal. When you’re healed, you’re healed. We would never play it before that.
On3 Sports reports that King is expected to be out until “at least mid-October”.
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King was ruled out for the remainder of the Aggies’ fifth-place game against Colorado on Saturday after leaving the game.
King suffered an undisclosed leg injury early in the first quarter, in the second practice of the Texas A&M game: he ran right on a zone play and was knocked down by Colorado linebacker Guy Thomas; he seemed to land awkwardly on his feet. King left the field for evaluation shortly after the injury. He returned in street clothes and on crutches, his right foot in a boot.
He ended the day by completing 1 of 2 passes for 8 yards. He also ran once for 2 yards.
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Sophomore Zach Calzada replaced King, completing 18 of 38 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in the 10-7 win; he also added seven carries for 28 yards. He led both scoring campaigns, capped off with a 41-yard field goal by Seth Small and an 18-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Spiller with 2:41 left, respectively.
After the game, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said King will need to undergo testing to determine the severity of his injury:
Jimbo Fisher on Haynes King Injury: “We are still waiting. There is no final analysis yet.”
– TexAgs (@TexAgs) September 11, 2021
The No. 131 player in the Class of 2020, King was also the fifth-ranked double-threat quarterback for 247Sports Composite. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 292 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions, in his season debut against Kent State.