After a heartbreaking Haynes King injury, Zach Calzada will take over as the Texas A&M Football team’s quarterback for at least the next month. Today, I’m going to cover all of the information that we know about King’s injury right now.
Before that, however, let’s give a little bit of background on the situation.
Late into the offseason, Haynes King was announced as the team’s starting quarterback. He kicked off the season with an up-and-down game against Kent State that featured a productive day through the air with minimal mistakes. That said, his very limited mistakes included three interceptions, most of which looked worse on the stat sheet than they did in-game.
King would get off to a slow start against Colorado in Week 2 before scrambling and being picked up, tossed into another Buffalo defender, and hitting the ground hard. King would limp off of the field before entering the locker room and returning with a boot.
In his absence, Calzada entered the game and didn’t look great to start out with. Many fans would argue that he had a terrible game, though he made up for an uneventful start with a game-winning touchdown drive where he looked like a player who was competing for the starting job. Whether or not he will be able to keep this team afloat in place of King is a question for another day.
Here’s what we know about Texas A&M Football QB Haynes King’s injury right now
As goes for virtually any college football injury, the details surrounding Haynes King’s leg injury are far and few. For the first 24 hours, we hardly had any information. Then, the reports finally started flooding in.
In that short period of time, Haynes King had already undergone surgery to repair a “crack” in his leg, according to Jimbo Fisher. This would eventually translate into the fact that King had a broken tibia, which is a bone in his leg. Thankfully, he will be able to return this season.
Still, his return date will worry many fans. While Fisher didn’t give an exact return date, ESPN gathered the following information from sources.
"Fisher declined to give a timeline for King’s return, but sources told ESPN’s Chris Low that King is expected to be out 4-7 weeks. The Aggies hope to have a more definitive feel on when King might be back once he gets into his rehabilitation next week, Low reports."
As things stand, 4-7 weeks is a tentative date. We’ll get more clarity on the situation once King starts to recover from surgery and enter the rehabilitation process.
What this means for the Texas A&M Football team is that they’ll likely be without their starting quarterback all the way through the Alabama game — possibly even longer, too. If you want the overly optimistic side of this, I wrote a short article explaining how this could actually help A&M’s College Football Playoff chances down the road.
Still, Aggie fans will have to prepare for a more stressful season than they were imagining a couple of weeks ago.