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Baylor QB Brewer leaves Sugar Bowl with neck injury

Field Level Media

January 02, 2020 at 6:31 am.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer was knocked out the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night with a neck injury as he was being tackled during the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 26-14 loss to Georgia.

Coach Matt Rhule said postgame, “They were concerned about was his neck. (He) didn’t exhibit any head symptoms. I’m sure they’ll continue to monitor him after this, throughout the night, just to make sure. But there was some concern about the neck.”

With less than nine minutes to play and No. 7 Baylor trailing No. 5 Georgia by 12 points, Brewer scrambled to his right for 9 yards and was dragged out of bounds by a Georgia defender. After he had crossed the boundary, Brewer was hit in the chest by a diving Travon Walker.

Brewer’s neck then bounced off the turf in the Superdome in New Orleans.

Walker was assessed an unnecessary roughness penalty, and Brewer remained on the ground for several minutes.

Brewer stood up with his teammates, coaches and training staff around him but appeared shaken up. He eventually walked off the field and was taken away on a golf cart. Freshman Jacob Zeno replaced Brewer as the junior never returned to the game.

It was Brewer’s second upper-body injury in as many games.

In the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma in early December, Brewer’s helmet hit the ground during a sack, two plays after a big collision in a run. Brewer went back out in the next series but came out after the referee asked Rhule to look at Brewer because the quarterback seemed “a little bit out of it.”

Brewer sustained at least one concussion last season. This season, against Texas on Nov. 23, he left the game early with an injury. There was fear that was related to a concussion, as well, but Rhule said the injury was actually to an ankle.

On Wednesday, Brewer was 24 of 41 for 211 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Bulldogs. He also ran for 7 yards and a score on nine carries.

Brewer finished the season with 3,161 passing yards with 21 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He also ran for 344 yards and 11 TDs.