Murray leaves game with knee injury

semerson@macon.comNovember 23, 2013 

UGAKentucky

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) gets helped off the field after an injury late in the second quarter of their game against Kentucky Saturday night.

JASON VORHEES — jvorhees@macon.com

ATHENS - Aaron Murray's final game at Sanford Stadium ended with the star quarterback being carried off the field, and now the rest of his final season is in doubt.

Murray suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter, after being thrown down on a tipped-pass interception. Murray was hobbling for awhile before that, and at one point waved off backup Hutson Mason, who started to run onto the field.

Murray, who had started every game since the 2010 opener, was taken to a nearby hospital to get an MRI. That's standard procedure when an MRI is required, because the team can't do that at a stadium. (It can take X-rays.)

On some occasions a serious knee injury, such as an ACL tear, can be determined immediately on the sideline. (that happened with Malcolm Mitchell at Clemson.) The fact Murray went to the hospital indicates that either the injury or the extent of the injury needed to be determined.

Either way, Mason now seems likely to start next week's season finale at Georgia Tech. Murray's status for a bowl game, likely around New Year's Day, would depend on whether it's a serious knee injury.

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