Southern will consider sitting QB Austin Howard if he is not 100 percent by Saturday

On Sunday, Quarterback Austin Howard was hurt in the 4th quarter after being sacked by a player from South Carolina State. Howard was carried off the field but he later returned to take a knee on the final possession of Southern’s victory.

Tuesday morning, Howard had an MRI performed on his knee to determine the extent of the damage to his posterior cruciate ligament.

“He’s under evaluation,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “His X-rays came back negative. … We don’t know the results of the MRI. Like I told him, if you can’t go, if you’re 80 percent or 70 percent, we’ve got to make a business decision, and the next guy has to get ready.”

Odums said he thought Howard was “going to be fine” but followed that by saying “if he can’t go this Saturday, maybe he’ll be able to go next Saturday. If not that, he should be ready to go the next Saturday.”

Odums anticipates having a better understanding of Howard’s status Wednesday morning, he said it could be a decision that he waits to make until game time. Either way, he said Howard will travel with the team.


The Advocate contributed to this report

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