During Saturday afternoon’s heart breaking 45-41 loss at the hands of the Auburn Tigers, Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel left the game after injuring his throwing shoulder. He was taken out to receive treatment for the injury. For the second straight week, he returned to the game, but unlike the Aggies’ 41-38 come-from-behind victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, Manziel couldn’t lead the Aggies to victory against the Tigers.
On Tuesday, reporters hope to get some insight on the injury, but most expected Manziel to be listed as questionable. Instead, Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin gave reporters an answer you don’t usually see on the injury report.
“I would list him as hopeful,” Sumlin told Sam Kahn, Jr. of ESPN.com Tuesday. ”That’s where he is right now.”
If Manziel can’t go, redshirt junior Matt Joeckel will likely start. He filled in when Manziel was suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season-opening win over the Rice Owls. He completed 14-of-19 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman Kenny Hill could also be in the mix.
“We feel confident in both of those guys,” Aggies offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney said. “It’s a different team when Johnny’s out there and it’s a different team when those guys are out there.”
The Aggies will host the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday at 12:21 pm EST.