Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is “hopeful” star quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be ready to play Saturday against Vanderbilt after injuring his throwing shoulder against Auburn.
Sumlin wouldn’t get into specifics in regards to the exact nature of Manziel’s injury, but did say that Manziel wore a sling as a precautionary measure on Monday.
However, CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported that Manziel will, in fact, suit up against the Commodores..
Am told Johnny Manziel will be fine to play Sat and is out of sling today, per source. #Aggies
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 22, 2013
Aggie receiver Travis Labhart said Manziel's arm was mainly in a sling to prevent the ultra-competitive Manziel from throwing passes during practice. To compensate, Manziel threw lefty.
Labhart said Manziel was throwing passes to WRs during drills with his left hand on Monday. Crazy competitor.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) October 22, 2013
Manziel was injured when he was slammed to the ground directly onto his right shoulder in the Aggies' 45-41 to Auburn. He missed one series due to the injury, but returned and finished the day 28-of-38 for 454 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. If Manziel can't go, junior Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill will start at quarterback against Vanderbilt.
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