Sherman regrets Stewart's season-ending injury


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said that he "feels terrible" about the play in which Colorado freshman tailback Rodney "Speedy" Stewart suffered a fractured right fibula last Saturday.

Stewart was injured on a horse-collar tackle by Aggies linebacker Von Miller, who was flagged on the play for a penalty in Texas A&M's 24-17 victory over the Buffaloes.

"I've voted on this in the National Football League, and we really grabbed it (rule prohibiting horse-collar tackles) because players were breaking their legs," said Sherman, who formerly coached the Green Bay Packers. "I feel terrible that young man broke his leg with a horse-collar tackle."

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said that Stewart will be out for the rest of the regular season with a projected recovery period of four to six weeks. In his first eight games, Stewart was on a pace to break the Colorado freshman rushing record and was fourth in the conference in rushing with an average of 75.4 yards per game.

Stewart becomes the eighth Colorado player to be lost with a season-ending injury this season. Others include cornerback Benjamin Burney (knee), defensive end Drew Hudgins (knee), guard Mike Iltis (knee), linebacker Jon Major (knee), tackle Ryan Miller (broken fibula), guard Maxwell Tuioti-Maxwell (knee) and tight end Luke Walters (leg).

"That's part of football, part of life," Hawkins said. "It's a very sad deal that Speedy got hurt. We've had other guys step up and step in. It's kind of been our lot this year. It's like we're getting our Ph.D. in dealing with adversity."

Stewart's injury will mean that freshman running back Darrell Scott will receive more playing time. Scott told reporters after the Buffaloes' 24-17 loss that he's ready for more work.

Scott turned an ankle in the Texas A&M game, but still showed flashes of the potential that made him one of the most heralded running backs in the nation before coming to college. Scott raced for a 42-yard run against Texas A&M, Colorado's longest play from scrimmage this season.

"I'll just have to tough it out and try to make plays," Scott told the Denver Post. "I'll do what I can."