(LEXINGTON, KY) A high ankle sprain could bench University of Kentucky freshman quarterback, Patrick Towles for the rest of the season.
In his weekly press conference on Monday, Head Coach, Joker Phillips said he doesn't know how many games Towles will miss, because everyone heals differently from this type of injury. "He doesn't have to move as far, or as fast as a tailback or a receiver, so who knows? Some guys' pain tolerance is different than others, so we'll take a look at it every week," said Phillips. The Cats have not ruled Towles out for the season, but are making plans if he's unable to return.
Towles saw his only action of the season so far in Saturday's 27-14 loss to Mississippi State. He played well, leading the Cats down the field, completing five of six passes for 71 yards, including a 32 yard touchdown pass to La'Rod King. Towles injured the ankle on the very next possession when he was sacked and rolled over the ankle. The team does not know if Towles will be able to come back this season, so they're considering applying for a medical hardship to save a year of eligibility for the quarterback. "If he's unable to return, we could hold him and say he's unable to return. It's something we would have to discuss with he, his family, and compliance to make sure everything's in order," said Phillips.
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