Russell left the end of Saturday's win over Iowa State, and met with a specialist on Monday, who revealed the damage to the cervical vertebra.
The surgery that he will undergo is not expected to end his career, but Dr. Mark Adickes states that only 30 percent of these types of injuries result in surgery, including Russell's. The recovery time is expected to be six months for the Bears' quarterback.
True freshman Jarrett Stidham will take over as the starter, and head coach Art Briles has plenty of confidence in the youngster. Briles pointed to his maturity, accuracy and polish as to why he has no worries about the freshman.
Stidham has played in every game this season and completed 85.7 percent of his passes for 331 yards and six touchdowns. He is a former five-star recruit, who had a commitment to Texas Tech, but changed his mind for Baylor.
He will be surrounded by star receiver Corey Coleman, who leads the FBS with a school-record 18 touchdown catches, and the FBS rushing leader Shock Linwood. The decision to come to Baylor is looking like the right call for Stidham, as he will be thrown right in the thick of the College Football Playoff race down the stretch.