Baylor loses starting DL Jamal Palmer for season to torn ACL

From here on out this season, Jamal Palmer will do his cheering from the sideline.

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The Baylor Bears escaped the season’s wildest weekend to date with a win and a top-five ranking, but not all is well in Waco.

For starters, the fifth-ranked team in the nation takes on fellow-unbeaten and No. 9 TCU on Saturday — no walk in the park considering the Horned Frogs knocked off then-unbeaten Oklahoma this past Saturday. But the really bad news, both for this weekend and the remainder of the season, came Sunday.

According to multiple reports, starting defensive end Jamal Palmer will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The junior suffered the injury during Saturday’s 28-7 win at Texas.

Palmer started all five games this season, making 14 tackles, three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was replaced in the Texas game by freshman K.J. Smith on Saturday — Smith has stats nearly identical to Palmer despite his reserve role.