In Week 1, Northwestern traveled to Stanford and came away with a 17-7 loss. Up until the final minute, the Wildcats trailed 10-7.
An extremely late turnover made the deficit 10.
The game wasn’t just a great learning experience of losing a close contest. There were numerous injuries, and one of them occurred to Northwestern quarterback T.J. Green. Hunter Johnson started the game for the Wildcats, but in the second quarter, was replaced by Green.
Green seemed to inject some life into the offense that had scored zero points in the first half. But on the first possession of the third quarter, the senior signal caller suffered a foot injury that ended up resulting in a lost fumble on the play. He would exit the game entirely after that injury.
After the game, coach Pat Fitzgerald gave an update on Green:
TJ Green having surgery on foot
Slater “will be fine” via Fitz
Bowser lower-body inj … Fitz says glad there’s a bye week
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) August 31, 2019
Some speculation took place on Twitter about how long Green will be out:
Skowronek was understandably emotional postgame: “I called him right after I found out. We were in tears. I know how hard he worked to get to where he was.”
— Inside NU (@insidenu) September 1, 2019
– Northwestern loses a tough road game to Stanford in which their QB TJ Green is now out of the year.
– Tennessee loses a home game to Georgia State (Vegas win total for 19' at 3.5)
– Iowa is up three at half in a home game against Miami (Ohio) (Vegas win total for 19' was 5.5).
— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) September 1, 2019
Regardless of exactly how long Green will be out for, this certainly hurts Northwestern this season. The Wildcats’ offense was not the same when Johnson was in the game.
Green certainly gave the team a boost, and if he isn’t there, the team is — at the worst — losing a backup senior QB who could potentially step in and rejuvenate the offense if need be.