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Injured Pike Out for Next Week

Oct 15, 2009 – 9:36 PM
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Brett McMurphy

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Tony PikeTAMPA, Fla. -- Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike returned for one series in the second half after spraining his wrist in the Bearcats' 34-17 over South Florida. That might be the last you see of the quarterback for the near future.

Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly said Pike will see a specialist Friday and will not start next week against Louisville.

"The plate that's in [Pike's wrist] has shifted," Kelly said. "We don't know what that means exactly until he gets seen by a specialist [Friday] It may mean surgery, it may not mean surgery. I would say right now, he's definitely going to be out for Louisville."

Pike, who broke his left arm last year, underwent X-rays at halftime but they were negative. He returned with a padded sleeve on his left wrist in the third quarter and led the Bearcats' first drive of the second half. But remained on the sideline as backup Zach Collaros took over for the second drive.

Pike completed just 1-of-6 passes for 12 yards in his lone drive in the second half. Collaro ran for a 75-yard touchdown on his first series.

Pike spent much of the third quarter on the sideline with ice on his arm before returning to the locker room for further evaluation. The quarterback returned to the sideline in street clothes in the fourth quarter.

Pike was injured late in the first half when he was hit by USF defensive tackle Aaron Harris.

In the first half, Pike was 11-for-19 for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Coach Brian Kelly said the injury "didn't look good," in a postgame interview with ESPN.
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