The chances of Rigg playing this weekend when West Virginia (1-1) hosts Georgia State (0-2) Saturday at Mountaineer Field seem slim. His diagnosis was a slight concussion and, given the current emphasis on concussion prevention and treatment, playing against a bad Georgia State team doesn't appear likely.
Rigg's injury is, however, the latest in a long line of troubles for West Virginia's once-deep linebacking corps.
Even before the season began, one linebacker, Shaq Petteway, was lost for the season to a knee injury. In the opener against William & Mary, Dozie Ezemma was lost to a broken leg. Isaiah Bruce left the Oklahoma game with an injury and then Rigg was, literally, knocked out.
By the second half of the Oklahoma game, true freshman Marvin Gross was on the field. This week, defensive lineman Eric Kinsey was shifted to buck linebacker.
Coach Dana Holgorsen isn't concerned yet because the Mountaineers began the season with a plentiful supply of linebackers. But the trend can't continue.
"I wouldn't view it as a troublesome lack of depth,'' Holgorsen said. "We've got bodies.''
As for Rigg, he's now had a chance to see what all the commotion was about. He's seen the hit he took from Joseph and the long delay in Saturday's game while he was tended to.
"I thought, 'Wow, now I know why people were so scared,' '' he said.
He also has a better idea now of just what all the concern was prior to the season about Joseph, whose big hits last season stirred speculation that if any WVU player was to have a concern with the new targeting penalties in college football it would be the sophomore safety. Rigg had never really had to deal with what offensive players face with Joseph on the other side of the ball.
"Yeah, I think I might be on his highlight film,'' Rigg said. "The guy can hit.''
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