When you talk about do-it-all receivers who stretch defenses and are a threat to score every time they touch the football, Houston’s Deontay Greenberry is the type of player you’re referring to. This season the 6’3″ 198 lbs sophomore receiver has caught 70 passes for 1,042 yards and 9 touchdowns. He’s the first Cougar wideout to surpass the 1,000-yard mark since 2011. Needless to say, freshman quarterback John O’Korn and the entire Houston offense, regardless of the playmakers they boast all over the field, lean on Greenberry heavily.
So it’s extremely intriguing to me to learn that the prolific wide receiver might not be able to go on Saturday. On Tuesday, CBS Sports reported that Greenberry was “day to day” after suffering a head injury. As knocks to the head are being treated ever more seriously throughout football, as well they should be, Houston is taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure the young wideout does not display any concussion-like symptoms. Since that report was released, Cougars beat writer Joseph Duarte elevated his status to “probable” a couple of hours later:
Houston wide receiver Deontay Greenberry practiced Tuesday and is probable for Saturday’s game against Cincinnati
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 20, 2013
While “probable” sounds better than “day to day”, as of now it seems like Greenberry’s status is still up in the air. If he can’t go on Saturday that would be a huge blow for Houston. Averaging 104 receiving yards per game, Greenberry literally accounts for one-quarter of the Cougars’ offense. We’ll have to keep an eye on this over the next 48 hours but if it turns out the young receiver is sidelined, that will only better Cincinnati’s chances for a win against Houston.