Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell doubtful to play this week


Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell, who sustained a head injury and was removed from the Bulldogs' season-opening loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, is doubtful to play this week against Alcorn State. And the outlook for Russell to even practice, apparently, doesn't look good.

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"We don't expect him to practice this week," said head coach Dan Mullen. "He might be cleared for the game and then we'll make a decision if he's cleared for the game."

Backup quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to lead MSU's home opener against Alcorn State on Saturday. He filled in for Russell against the Cowboys and was unable to move the ball effectively (7-of-17 passing) in a 21-3 loss. The Bulldogs should have no trouble evening their record in that game, but Russell's health will be much more crucial the following week when MSU opens its Southeastern Conference schedule at Auburn.

Russell completed 10-of-16 passes for 133 yards against Oklahoma State before his injury.

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