This is quite the development for the Mississippi State Bulldog football team who were trying to end their 2019 season on a high note.
According multiple reports and David H. Murray of 247 Sports — Garrett Shrader will not start the Music City Bowl on Monday due to an injured eye he suffered during an altercation with teammate Willie Gay after Friday’s practice.
“The twist was that shortly before the press conference Shrader and a defensive teammate had been in a confrontation stemming from an in-practice contact drill. Their post-practice altercation escalated before other Bulldogs separated them.
The end result was a swollen eye for the quarterback which initially seemed of moderate concern. There was a short walk-through Saturday practice, with Shrader withheld from participation.
Follow-up examination after swelling subsided revealed some orbital bone damage. While further evaluations continue sources are now confident the bone will heal naturally, without surgical attention and perhaps by the end of January.
Shrader spent a short Christmas vacation with family in Charlotte, N.C. While any degree of practice participation is uncertain he will not play in the bowl game.”
Gay was under suspension this year due to academic fraud and was ejected in his first game back against Kentucky for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
The Bulldogs and Louisville Cardinals kickoff at 3 pm this coming Monday in Nashville for the Music City Bowl.