Umpire injures rotator cuff in last game as official

Updated: December 30, 2007, 11:10 PM ET
Associated Press

SHREVEPORT, La. -- An official working his final game before retirement left the Independence Bowl in the first half Sunday night after injuring his left rotator cuff.

Mike Rhoades, an umpire from the Western Athletic Conference, left early in the second quarter as Alabama was driving to take a 27-0 lead over Colorado. It wasn't immediately known how Rhoades was injured.

Independence Bowl officials said Rhoades was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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