Plant senior quarterback Aaron Banks could miss two games because of a shoulder injury suffered last week in the Panthers’ win over Tampa Bay Tech.
Plant coach Robert Weiner said Tuesday that an MRI showed that Banks has a separation of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, more commonly known as a separated shoulder. The injury is on his left, non-throwing arm.
Weiner said the diagnosis is much more promising than what the team feared following Banks’ injury just before halftime against Tech.
“We’re pretty excited about the news,” Weiner said. “It’s not a broken collarbone.”
Colby Brown, a junior, will replace Banks as the starting quarterback for Friday’s game against Wharton.
Weiner said it’s possible that Banks could heal in time to return for the Oct. 12 against Brandon but that the Panthers were targeting the Oct. 19 game against Alonso.
A first-year starter, Banks has completed 66 percent of his passes for 654 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Weiner has previously said that Banks has drawn interest from several Ivy League schools but has an offer from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.