UTEP QB Palmer out up to a month

Updated: October 1, 2003, 9:22 PM ET

EL PASO, Texas - Texas-El Paso redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Palmer will be out up to a month with a hairline fracture of his left tibia, the school announced Wednesday.

Palmer, who said he suffered the leg injury in the second half of the Miners' 42-14 setback at Louisville on September 20, made his first career start last week in a 59-14 victory over Division I-AA Sam Houston State, completing 13-of-23 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

"I fell on my knee and twisted it," Palmer said. "I kept my mouth shut about it, but it just kept getting worse and worse."

The younger brother of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2003 NFL draft, Jordan Palmer will be re-evaluated in two weeks and will not need surgery.

"Last night I thought I could be out for six weeks, so it was better news than I thought," Palmer said. "Hopefully I can be ready to go for Hawaii (on October 25)."

The 6-5, 230-pount Palmer has completed 34-of-74 passes for 443 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in five games. Sophomore Orlando Cruz will start for UTEP at Southern Methodist on Saturday.

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