West Virginia quarterback Will Grier suffered a gruesome finger injury against Texas that had his middle finger pointing in a direction many of us have never seen before. As expected, Grier underwent surgery on the finger Sunday. His wife, Jeanne, confirmed the news on Twitter.
Thank you for your love and support. Surgery went well- now time for a speedy recovery! @willgrier_
— Jeanne Marie Grier (@jeannemgrier) November 20, 2017
Grier suffered the injury trying to score a touchdown in the first half and the middle finger on his throwing hand dislocated as he dove towards the corner of the end zone. Prior the injury Grier was 6 of 8 for 50 yards.
According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, Grier is expected to miss four to six weeks. Depending on what bowl game the Mountaineers are selected four, Grier could play, but it’s unclear if Holgorsen’s staff would even want to rush him back for a game that will be nothing more than a glorified exhibition.
In his first season in Morgantown following his transfer from Florida, Grier has lived up to the hype, and then some. He’s thrown for 3,490 yards, completing 64% of his passes, with 34 touchdown passes to 12 interceptions. Grier is top 5 in the country in touchdown passes and passing yards, while ranking 8th in passing efficiency.
Chris Chugonov replaced Grier against Texas and had mixed results. He finished 14 of 26 with 189 yards and one touchdown pass. We’ll see if Chugonov can improve on those numbers Saturday as he has a full week of reps with the number one team and plays an Oklahoma defense that has been inconsistent at times in the secondary.
The Mountaineers game in Norman against the Sooners kicks off Saturday at 3:45 E.T. on ESPN.