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Shea Patterson leaves LSU game with apparent knee injury, but returns for 2nd half

Let’s hope this doesn’t become a lingering thing.

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One of the best college quarterbacks in the country apparently suffered a non-contact right knee injury and had to leave the game Saturday. Shea Patterson, highly touted five-star recruit out of IMG Academy in Florida, appeared to take a misstep on a long distance throw and yank his right knee. He went into the tent, and thence to the locker room.

Davis Potter of the Oxford Eagle reported that Patterson was questionable to return, according to a program spokesperson. At the time of his exit, Patterson was 5-of-9 passing for 33 yards and no touchdowns. He threw his lone interception on the play that he injured his knee, which feels somehow macabrely appropriate.

On the year, Patterson is completing nearly 66 percent of his pass attempts for 2,143 yards and 17 touchdowns. His passer rating entering Saturday’s contest was an astonishing 160.4. His 9.3 yards per completion rank among the best in the nation.

HOWEVER, as reported out by Antonio Morales, Patterson was on the sideline warming up and throwing.

Shea did eventually return, wearing a brace on his right knee. Let’s hope he can remain standing for the rest of the proceedings.