Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, the 2013 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, is considered day-to-day in regard to his availability for the Bears’ next game because of two cracks in the transverse process of his lower back, school officials confirmed Monday.
The injury, sustained in Sunday’s 45-0 rout of SMU, showed up on a Monday morning MRI and is expected to heal on its own. But the question remains about whether to risk further injury for Petty, who finished seventh in last year’s Heisman Trophy voting, in Saturday’s nonconference game against Northwestern (La.) State or in the team’s final nonconference contest, Sept. 12 at Buffalo.
After those games, the 10th-ranked Bears (1-0) have a bye before opening Big 12 play at IowaState on Sept. 27. A Baylor spokesman said Monday that Petty’s injury is the same one sustained by former Bears’ tight end Jordan Najvar in 2013 that cost him one game. In 2012, Baylor linebacker Brody Trahan had the same injury but did not miss a game.
Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley, who left the SMU game with a quad ailment, also is considered day-to-day in regard to his availability for Saturday’s game.
_ Jimmy Burch