Taylor Potts, who was competing for the starting quarterback job at Texas Tech, will miss eight weeks.
Potts and fellow senior Steven Sheffield were set for the Big 12 conference's top quarterback battle, one that began last season. After injuries to both quarterbacks, new coach Tommy Tuberville will get a longer look this spring at who could start in 2011 rather than 2010.
The damage to Potts' hand, after he hit a teammate's helmet on the follow-through of a pass last week, was worse than originally believed. The surgery will fix ligament damage, keeping him out for the remainder of the spring.
Surgery removes the option of throwing this spring, an option Tuberville hoped he'd have next week, presumably after Potts had his six stitches removed. Doctors recommended the surgery this afternoon, and the date has yet to be set.
Sheffield was scheduled to undergo surgery after breaking his left foot in practice last Monday. Sheffield stepped on a teammate's foot and will be out 8-to-10 weeks.
Now sophomore Seth Doege and redshirt freshman Jacob Karam take over, splitting first-team snaps for the remainder of spring practice.
Injuries forced Doege into action last season, and he appeared in three games for the Red Raiders. He completed 38 of 61 passes for 369 yards, a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions. Now, he'll get more valuable time, along with Karam.
Though the main event for Tuberville's spring is officially kaput, most will likely take a look back to what happens between now and the spring game on April 17 when Texas Tech faces uncertainty at quarterback again in 2011.
A couple other names that could find their way into the discussion are 2010 signee Scotty Young, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Denton, Texas, and recent 2011 commit Michael Brewer, a 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback from Lake Travis in Austin.