We learned some unfortunate news about Northwestern’s most veteran quarterback on Thursday. Pat Fitzgerald announced at his weekly availability that TJ Green is out for the year after undergoing foot surgery, per Teddy Greenstein.
TJ Green news from Fitz: out for the year after foot surgery. So unfortunate— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) September 5, 2019
Green suffered the injury on a play in the third quarter. On second and goal from the Stanford five yard line, the quarterback evaded pressure and scrambled around before being hit from multiple Cardinal defenders. The immediate result of the play was a fumble and loss of possession, but the long-term impact seems to be much greater.
A possible option for Green and Northwestern would be to apply for a medical redshirt, given to players that suffer injuries that occur in the first half of the season and are “incapacitating.” The rules on medical redshirting for players that already took a redshirt season are a tad more complex, but it seems as though he’d have a good chance at getting one, if Green pursues that route.
Fitzgerald said that he and the team will, “cross all of those bridges down the road.”
Starting punter Daniel Kubiuk presumably took a medical redshirt last year, as the sixth-year senior took a redshirt his freshman year before spending four more years with the team. That should give Green, and Wildcat fans, some hope that his career in a Wildcat uniform has not definitively ended.