Potts out for rest of spring

Updated: April 2, 2010, 10:33 PM ET
By David Ubben | ESPN.com

Texas Tech's quarterback battle will have to wait.

Red Raiders senior Taylor Potts is expected to miss the remaining eight spring practices after suffering a cut on the webbing between the index and middle finger on his right hand.

"He got six deep stitches,'' coach Tommy Tuberville said after Friday's practice, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "We're not going to take any chances with it. After about seven, eight, nine days we'll look at it and see if he can throw a little bit.''

His injury came near the end of Wednesday's practice, two days after fellow quarterback Steven Sheffield underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot. Sheffield won't be able to return to the field for eight to 10 weeks.

Potts injured his throwing hand after hitting a teammate's helmet while following through on a pass.

The injury was originally expected to only hold Potts out until the end of this week.

The two are the frontrunners for the starting quarterback job throughout the spring until next season.

Now, sophomore Seth Doege and redshirt freshman Jacob Karam will take the snaps at quarterback in coach Tommy Tuberville's first spring in Lubbock.

In a scrimmage last weekend, Potts completed 13-of-25 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, while Sheffield threw two touchdowns and ran for another, completing 18-of-25 passes for 222 yards.

Both quarterbacks were at Friday's practice, and will remain involved in practices despite their injuries.

"We want to keep them mentally into it," Tuberville said. "We're not going to keep them in the training room. They both have to be out here listening and learning as though they were in the game."

David Ubben covers college football for ESPN.com.

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