By Clay Fowler

Killeen Daily Herald

The Shoemaker faithful can breathe a sigh of relief. Quarterback Keith Smith, who appeared to be seriously injured in Friday night's loss to Waco, underwent an MRI Saturday morning that revealed a knee bruise, according to SHS head coach Ken Gray.

The junior could potentially play in the Grey Wolves meeting with Harker Heights on Friday, but Gray said he will need to evaluate Smith's health during the week.

"We don't know yet if he'll be able to play this week," said Gray. "We'll have to see how he responds to rehab before making any decisions."

While attempting to make a tackle after throwing an interception with 4:36 remaining in the Grey Wolves 34-16 loss to the Waco Lions, Smith was tangled in the center of a convergence of blockers and tacklers.

The Shoemaker quarterback, who has accounted for 958 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns through four games, was down on the field for a considerable amount of time before the training staff immobilized his right knee in a bulky brace.

Anterior cruciate ligament damage was suspected at the time of the injury, but the MRI results were negative.

Sophomore defensive end Brandon Joiner sustained a concussion Friday night and will see a neurologist Monday to determine his status for this week.

Senior defensive lineman Reggie Cummings is day-to-day after injuring his knee in the third quarter of the SHS game against Waco.

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