April 9, 2009

Aggies practice on despite concerns over injury

Texas A&M hit the practice fields once again Thursday before taking the weekend off for Easter break and once again the defense won the day, leaving the offense to run sprints following practice. But practice ended with heavy hearts and concern as defensive end/linebacker Matt Featherston left the field in an ambulance after being held in position on the ground following a neck injury.

Featherston suffered what head coach Mike Sherman called a neck strain during the Aggie Drill while going one-on-one with offensive lineman Danny Baker. Sherman stood by Featherston's side while he was attended to and stayed with him until he was loaded into the ambulance despite practice moving forward on the opposite practice field. Baker was visibly shook up as well following practice Thursday.

But Sherman assured that the scene was purely precautionary and that Featherston was moving on the ground.

"We took him off in a very precautionary measure. He was moving and everything was fine, but he was sore obviously. He is being evaluated right now and we don't anticipate there being any problem," Sherman said. "He got hurt and he strained his neck, and when you have a neck injury you're going to take all precautions but right now the doctors are saying that he's going to be fine. He's going to be sore, but he should be fine."

Aside from the injury, Sherman is still concerned with his offense's pass protection as quarterbacks Jerrod Johnson and Tommy Dorman were rushed constantly and many times sacked during team drills.

The running game, however, has taken an uptick as Bradley Stephens reeled off a number of nice runs on the outside and up the middle as did Cyrus Gray.

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