Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Injuries piling up around Big Ten
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It happens every August on cue. As soon as teams start going through full-pads practices, injuries begin to pile up.
Here are a few of note:
- Illinois cornerback Miami Thomas suffered a left knee injury during Tuesday's practice and had to be carted off the field. Thomas is in the mix for a starting spot this fall and seemed to be having a strong camp. The self-assured sophomore, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, told me last week he already had five interceptions in camp and was going for 10.
- A source tells The Cleveland Plain Dealer that Ohio State starting linebacker Austin Spitler strained his calf Tuesday and will be out for a few weeks, possibly more. The Buckeyes are already down a linebacker as Tyler Moeller will miss the season with a head injury, and their depth will be tested if Spitler misses an extended period of time.
- Wisconsin seems to have caught a break as left tackle Gabe Carimi's knee injury looks minor, but the Badgers are still without starting offensive linemen John Moffitt and Bill Nagy. Moffitt, who has a strained pectoral muscle, told me he's close to returning to practice and worked with a blocking sled at Tuesday's workout. Nagy has battled hand and heel injuries, but head coach Bret Bielema expects him back by the middle of next week, at the latest.