By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In the first quarter of the Egg Bowl, Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was rushing the ball. He apparently broke his ankle on the play.
Fitzgerald was down in pain. His ankle was immediately broken on the hit and bent not in a normal way — sideways.
His leg was put in an air cast then he was placed on a cart, which took him off the field. He got on the cart on his own power.
He was replaced by Keytaon Thompson. Before Thompson took over, Fitzgerald urged his teammates on before leaving the field.
Fitzgerald had x-rays on his injury — and even waited in the first half in the walkway, watching his teammates.
Following the contest, head coach Dan Mullen, who may be coaching for the final-time as the Mississippi State head coach at Davis Wade Stadium, said Fitzgerald’s injury is a dislocated ankle. It looked similar to the injury that Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward suffered at the end of October against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first game of the NBA season.
Hayward will miss the rest of the NBA season with a chance of coming back during the NBA playoffs. Fitzgerald just has weeks to come back from a several month injury for the Bulldogs bowl game, which likely will be impossible.
Fitzgerald’s season likely comes to an end with 1,770 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. He also has 968 rushing yards and 14 additional touchdowns.
Fitzgerald went 1 of 5 for 12 yards. He also had three carries for 16 yards before suffering his ankle injury.
Thompson went 13 of 22 for 195 yards. He had a touchdown and an interception. He also had 26 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown.