Cincinnati's Pead hurts knee

CINCINNATI -- I was at Cincinnati's practice Thursday and saw a scary potential development for Bearcats fans.

Starting running back Isaiah Pead left practice with a knee injury and was later seen leaving the field on crutches. He was able to walk off the field on his own power with a slight limp, and team officials thought it was just a precautionary move. But they won't know for sure until they get the results of an MRI.

It looks like Pead will probably be held out of Saturday's spring game, along with fellow running back John Goebel. If so, that means Darrin Williams would become the main ball carrier.

Pead is clearly the team's best playmaker in the backfield, and any serious injury to him would be a tough setback. It's not time to panic about that just yet, though.