Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Sadale Foster (8) is pushed out of bounds by Baylor Bears linebacker Bryce Hager (44) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager to miss spring practices


Having undergone a groin surgery two weeks ago, Baylor Bears linebacker Bryce Hager won’t be participating in the team’s spring practices.

While the absence of Hager certainly isn’t ideal, Baylor head coach Art Briles tried to put a positive spin on the situation, saying Hager’s injury will allow younger players to get more reps:

“It’s part of this time of year,” Briles said. “Guys get hurt in the season and they have to get fixed up, so you let them mend and let them go in August. It will give other guys an opportunity, but we’ve got a lot of guys who need opportunities anyway. It just opens up a couple of more doors, but it will all take care of itself.”

Hager was in the midst of a great season last year before suffering the injury against Kansas State in a game during which he recorded 18 total tackles (14 solo) and a sack. He played in four games following the injury before electing to sit out the remainder of the season.

[Source: San Antonio Express]

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