I'm wondering if UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe re-injured his already-bad ankle, and if he did will he be able to play Saturday at Houston?
One can't expect an answer just by asking. Coaches and trainers seldom talk about injured star players unless all the fans saw him being carted off the field and laid into an ambulance. If a guy just limps off, well, that's for the opponent to find out at the next game. No sense talking about it, either way. Let the opponent wonder.
And UTEP Coach Mike Price has always stuck by not talking about injuries. He just doesn't.
Vittatoe's case only matters because, well, Vittatoe is the offense. He's on his way to owning every passing record in school history, and he's only a sophomore. So he's important, real important for the 5-5 Miners with two road games to play (Houston and East Carolina).
Amid another great performance Saturday against SMU, Vittatoe left the field gimping at the end of the third quarter. UTEP held a big lead then, and Vittatoe didn't return to the game. Didn't anyone else wonder if he's hurt worse that he has been?
We know Vittatoe's ankle hurts. He said so. He said on a recent post-game radio show that it troubles him a lot, and he's just having to play through that situation the rest of the year.
What if he did hurt it more, and won't be the Vittatoe that is the offense (there's little running game, so Vittatoe's arm is IT)?
What if IT can't even play?
Just wondering. The facts are: The last time he left the field he was limping on an already bad ankle.