Baylor QB Petty suffers bruise to lower back

August 31, 2014

WACO, Texas - Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty said a bruise on his back isn't a serious injury. Early in the first quarter, an opponent's facemask hit Petty in the back on a running play and he "felt it lock up."

Baylor coach Art Briles wasn't sure if Petty would miss practice time, but Petty was expected to return to the field next week at home against FCS Northwestern State.

"It's nothing that serious. Everything's good," Petty said. "I'm already feeling a lot better."

Petty played through pain for the first half, walking gingerly and grabbing at his back after several pass attempts. He was slow to get up on a pair of occasions, but remained in the game through the first half after Baylor jumped to a 24-0 lead against SMU after the first quarter and led 31-0 at halftime.  

"It got to the point where I couldn't stand," he said.

Backup Seth Russell replaced Petty at halftime.

Petty finished with 161 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-23 passing.

Receiver Antwan Goodley, the Bears' leading receiver a year ago, watched most of Sunday's win in street clothes after re-aggravating a quadricep injury suffered in preseason camp. Briles said he was uncertain of Goodley's status.