Pike leaves with arm injury

Updated: October 16, 2009, 12:50 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike suffered an injury to his non-throwing arm during the first half of the eighth-ranked Bearcats' 34-17 victory over No. 21 South Florida and left the game in the third quarter.

Coach Brian Kelly said Pike, who broke his left forearm last season and played with a plate and six screws that are still in place, will miss Cincinnati's next game, at home Oct. 24 against Louisville.

"The plate that's in there has shifted," Kelly said, adding that it has not been determined if the injury will require surgery. Pike will be examined by a specialist on Friday.

The Bearcats did not make Pike available to the media in the locker room, citing team policy regarding injured players.

Zach Collaros replaced him in the second half after Pike threw two first-half touchdown passes to Armon Binns, leading the Bearcats to a 17-10 lead.

The senior was injured late in the second quarter and went to the locker room just before halftime. He returned for Cincinnati's first possession of the third quarter, wearing a protective sleeve over the wrist.

Information from the Associated Press and ESPN.com's Brian Bennett was used in this report.

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