October 15, 2009
Mikell Simpson is listed as doubtful on this week's Cavalier football injury report with a neck injury. Doubtful status indicates that there is a 75 percent chance that Simpson will not play against Maryland on Saturday.
Simpson was injured in the third quarter of Virginia's 47-7 win over Indiana. The senior running back rushed for a two yard gain and was hit by the Hoosiers' Will Patterson. Simpson remained on the field for about ten minutes before being carted off. He was admitted to Virginia Medical Center, where he was released later Saturday evening. Head coach Al Groh says he is being closely monitored by trainers and doctors throughout the week. Sources tell CBS19 that Simpson has not practiced at all this week.
Prior to his injury, Simpson was enjoying a career day. He had rushed for a career high four touchdowns and gained 83 yards on 15 carries. In the last two games combined, Simpson has gained 183 yards on the ground and scored five touchdowns.
Virginia has solid depth at running back, despite being without Dominique Wallace and, most likely, Simpson on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Torrey Mack will almost certainly get a fair number of carries, while Rashawn Jackson will see an increased role as well. Sophomore Max Milien may see some time in the backfield as well.
The Cavaliers will be returning to the site of Simpson's best career game. In a 2007 Virginia win at Maryland, Simpson gained 271 all-purpose yards (119 rush, 152 receiving) in an 18-17 Virgina victory. The running back scored two touchdowns, including the game winner with 16 seconds left.
We will continue to update you on Mikell Simpson's status.