According to ESPN Big 12 beat writer Jake Trotter, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier will undergo surgery on the middle finger on his trowing hand on Sunday, after breaking it in the first quarter of the Mountaineers’ loss to Texas.
Grier flew to Charlotte, North Carolina following the game on Saturday, and will have the surgery at a medical facility there. Recovery is expected to be at least a few weeks depending on the extent of the injury, which is unknown at the time. West Virginia is hopeful that there is no damage to any ligaments or any lasting nerve damage, but will not know for sure until after the surgery.
Chris Chugunov will start in place of Grier on Saturday against the Oklahoma Sooners, and junior college transfer David Isreal is expected to serve as the backup. Isreal did not dress in the game against Texas on Saturday, for unknown reasons, and when Chugunov took the helmet-to-helmet hit from Texas linebacker Breckyn Hager, David Sills V was seen on the sidelines preparing to replace him.
If Grier does miss West Virginia’s bowl game, he will finish the season completing 64% of his passes for 3440 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.