COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M picked up a 49-30 victory over Mississippi State at a cost. A pair of defensive backs would leave before the start of the fourth quarter and neither would return to action.
Junior cornerback Elijah Blades and freshman safety Demani Richardson both suffered injuries against the Bulldogs at Kyle Field. The JuCo transfer cornerback would leave with a shoulder injury on separate occasions, one following a 32-yard touchdown by Stephen Guidry.
Richardson would leave during the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher believes both their injuries should not hold them back from playing this week against the University of Texas-San Antonio.
"Elijah should be practicing," Fisher said Monday at his press conference. "He was banged up a little bit. We'll see how it goes. The trainers are checking him out. Demani is the same way."
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The Aggies' secondary has taken multiple hits in the past several weeks. Slot defender Roney Elam remains ineligible to play with an undisclosed injury and safety Keldrick Carper did not play last week against Ole Miss.
The Aggies expected both Blades and Richardson to contribute this season despite being new to the roster. Blades excelled at Arizona Western College and has been a staple of the Aggies defense since returning to activity. For the season, the former Oregon commit has collected 13 tackles and three pass deflections.
Richardson might be the next great defender to come from College Station. Already proving to be a veteran talent in coverage, the Waxahachie, Texas, product currently ranks second on the team with 47 tackles, one pass break up, a fumble and an interception.
The Aggies will face the Roadrunners at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, at Kyle Field. The game will be nationally televised on SEC Network.