ULM QB Browning likely out for year

Associated Press photo by DACIA IDOM/(Monroe) News-StarLouisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning searches for running room during Saturday's game against Tulane in Monroe. The Green Wave won 31-14. Show caption
Associated Press photo by DACIA IDOM/(Monroe) News-StarLouisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning searches for running room during Saturday's game against Tulane in Monroe. The Green Wave won 31-14.

MONROE — University of Louisiana at Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning, who played through two separate broken feet and a broken sternum in the past three years as the Warhawks’ starter, has a torn quad muscle that will likely sideline him for the rest of the year.

“He’s out,” ULM coach Todd Berry said. “Right now I would say — could he be back at some point in time? Doubtful.”

Browning has struggled with the quad injury since the beginning of the season and appeared to be returning to form until he went down in the third quarter of Saturday night’s game against Tulane and never returned in the 31-14 loss. He watched most of the second half from the training table before leaving on crutches in the fourth quarter.

Browning watched most of Sunday’s practice from the sideline after receiving his MRI results but had to leave after feeling discomfort in his left leg. The quarterback already took a redshirt year in 2009 when he was a true freshman, so a medical hardship and sixth year are likely out of the question, Berry said.

Berry said the offense’s focal point will now be on redshirt sophomore Brayle Brown, who will get his first collegiate start Thursday when the Warhawks open Sun Belt Conference play against Western Kentucky.

Berry said he will also burn true freshman Brian Williams’ redshirt as he becomes the No. 2 quarterback.