Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. had his equipment cut off on the field of Ohio Stadium last week after suffering a scary-looking injury against Ohio State.
But Saturday, Armstrong is listed as the starter on the Huskers’ depth chart before their game against Minnesota. He was in uniform and warming up at Memorial Stadium before the game.
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Coach Mike Riley said this week that he was “optimistic” Armstrong would play on Saturday. Senior quarterback Ryker Fyfe would get the start if Armstrong, who went through concussion protocol this week, couldn’t play. Armstrong practiced on Thursday.
Armstrong has been Nebraska’s quarterback for four years, setting the school record for yards before leaving last week’s game with that head injury.
While the injury initially looked bad and Armstrong briefly lost consciousness, the quarterback gave a thumbs up while being carted off the field on a board and eventually jogged back out onto the sideline at The Horseshoe.
Dr. Alan Shataji, a sports medicine and primary care physician in the Concussion Clinic at UC San Diego Health, told Land of 10’s Sean Keeler that Armstrong was due for a quick return.
“If it’s less than one minute, the outcomes tend to not be as worrisome or have any worse prognostic factor,” Shataji said. “But if it’s more than a minute, that’s when they usually say, ‘OK, this could be a sign of a more (significant) brain injury.’ ”
Former Nebraska player Ben Lawrence, who dealt with concussions himself, agreed.
“There would be a lot of different ways to look at it,” Lawrence said. “But I would say how he came back on to the field — given the kind of clearance by the doctors and trainers to interact with his teammates and to be a part of the end of the game — I would say the early indications and impact of the concussion were less severe than it would’ve looked like, given the situation on the field.”
Armstrong has thrown for 1,838 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a senior in 2016. He’s thrown for 8,529 yards in his career.