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Patterson: TCU player ‘great’ after nearly choking on chin strap

TCU defensive tackle Aaron Curry takes the field with teammates Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown ahead of the Horned Frogs’ game against West Virginia.
TCU defensive tackle Aaron Curry takes the field with teammates Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown ahead of the Horned Frogs’ game against West Virginia. AP

Defensive tackle Aaron Curry is doing “great” after leaving the game at West Virginia when he couldn’t breathe because his chinstrap was choking him, coach Gary Patterson said Monday.

“I’ve seen people get hit in the Adam’s apple, but I have never seen that,” Patterson said during the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters.

Curry, a senior from Keller Fossil Ridge, helped make a tackle against running back Rushel Shell for a 1-yard loss in the third quarter. When Curry got up, he began trying to remove his helmet and struggled.

Video showed teammates and a game official trying to help him unsnap his chin strap and remove his helmet. Finally, it came off and Curry threw it to the turf and steadied himself.

“The helmet got pulled down where (the chin strap) was over his throat, and it was choking him,” Patterson said. “So they had to get it all of to get it moved.”

Asked about the effort the players and official made to help Curry, Patterson said, “There was a lot of people, on both sidelines. The referees, players from both teams. Shows the kind of people you have on both football teams.”

Patterson also went on the field, but he said he was too late to see exactly what happened.

“By the time I got there, they got it, so I didn’t get a chance to see how tight it was or how it was pulled over, but obviously, it was a problem,” he said.

Curry is a 6-2, 270-pound starting defensive tackle for the Horned Frogs. He is second on the team with 4.5 sacks and third in tackles for loss. Saturday, he finished with five tackles, including a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

TCU running back Kyle Hicks addresses how the Horned Frogs can rebound from Saturday's lopsided loss to West Virginia. Video by Jimmy Burch

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