Va. Tech's Michael Brewer out for weeks after collarbone injury

The broken collarbone that Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer suffered against Ohio State will likely keep him out for about half the season.

Brewer is expected to have surgery for the injury Tuesday. He was hurt when his left shoulder was slammed into the turf on a hit by Adolphus Washington that came after he threw a pass in the Hokies' 42-24 loss. Depending on recovery, he's expected to miss 4-8 weeks.

"I put that kid through hell, and he played his tail off today," Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler said after the game via the AP. "I said this to our team: 'You can sit, you can feel sorry for yourself, you can do this.' We're going to rally around Motley."

Motley is Brendan Motley, Virginia Tech's backup quarterback who finished the game after Brewer's injury. Motley finished 4-9 passing for 36 yards with a late touchdown and an interception that came on a deep ball. He also ran for 17 yards.

Brewer was one of the reasons why Virginia Tech was hanging in the game throughout the first half. After the Buckeyes struck quickly for a 14-0 lead, Virginia Tech scored 17 unanswered for a 17-14 halftime lead. Brewer, who was hurt early in the third quarter, was 11-16 passing for 156 yards and two scores before his injury.

Brewer was named Virginia Tech's starting quarterback before the 2014 season when he transferred from Texas Tech following the 2013 season. He threw for nearly 2,700 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2014.

He was also considered an important part of Virginia Tech's quest to get back to the ACC Championship Game for the first time since 2011. Despite the second-half shellacking Monday night, Virginia Tech is still one of the better teams in the ACC Coastal. If Motley quickly gets comfortable, Tech should be able to survive in Brewer's absence.

Motley was a three-star athlete recruit in the class of 2012 according to Rivals.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!