Texas A&M freshman receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who came into the season poised to contribute to the Aggies' high-powered offense, could be sidelined the rest of the year, coach Kevin Sumlin said on Tuesday.
Seals-Jones, who suffered a knee injury in the season-opening win over Rice on Aug. 31, might be a candidate for a medical redshirt, Sumlin said. Seals-Jones had surgery on his injured knee Friday and likely won't make the road trip to Arkansas this weekend.
"The decision hasn't been made completely, but I would anticipate the possibility of a medical redshirt because he falls in that category," Sumlin said. "I sat and talked with his dad and talked with him last week. The situation is yeah, he wants to play, but lose a year where you came back from surgery … he has another spring, he gets really, basically, this whole experience back and has four more years and like I told him. That seemed to have worked out well for Mike Evans [who redshirted his freshman year]."
In order to qualify for a medical hardship waiver, a player can't play in more than three contests or 30 percent of the season. Seals-Jones played in the Aggies' season opener against Rice and on Sept. 14 against Alabama but missed the A&M's game against Sam Houston State and SMU.
Sumlin said he understands Seals-Jones' desire to play, but wants to make sure he doesn't lose a season of eligibility while not being 100 percent.
"Just because you don't play your freshman year, it doesn't mean you can't play," Sumlin said. "There's a lot of different circumstances in there. Guys want to play and I appreciate that. But those kinds of decisions are mutual and I think he understands, after looking at it, I would think that we're going to pursue the medical redshirt because for him and he falls under that category."
Seals-Jones, who was the No. 61 player in the 2013 ESPN 300 and the No. 8 receiver in the country, caught a 71-yard touchdown pass in the season-opening win over Rice. He has three receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown this season. A four-star prospect from Sealy, Texas, Seals-Jones impressed the coaching staff during preseason training camp with his athleticism combined with his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame.