The Houston Cougars were without linebackers Matthew Adams and Tyus Bowser during the team's 42-14 win over UConn Thursday night. Why? Because they fought one another two days before the game.
Adams and Bowser are both starters at their respective positions, so their absence was noticeable. Houston coach Tom Herman addressed the situation after the team's win, and revealed the two players got into an altercation, resulting in an injury for Bowser.
“Regarding Tyus Bowser and Matthew Adams, yesterday during our weekly tradition of Family Fridays where we go out to the field and play some silly games to loosen up, the two got over competitive. Things briefly got out of hand during one of the games, resulting in a scuffle between Tyus and Matt, two brothers," Herman said.
"It was a freak accident, the result of the scuffle was a broken bone for Tyus. It’ll keep him out of the lineup for a few weeks. Our culture is one of love, the two are very close and remain very close. They’re both very remorseful for what happened during yesterday’s incident, and Matt was held out as a result. He will return next week. I will not have any further comment on that."
When asked later about Bowser's injury, Herman added, “I don’t know what is broken, but we will know more in the coming days.”
The No. 6 team in the country will surely miss Bowser, who had 18 total tackles on the season, including five for a loss, and 3.5 sacks (second on the team).