UCLA linebacker Patrick Larimore and defensive lineman Cassius Marsh sat out of practice Monday afternoon because of minor injuries.
Larimore, the projected starter at middle linebacker, had tightness in his hip flexor after Monday morning's practice, and Marsh, the projected starter at one of the defensive tackle spots, had tightness in his groin after practicing in the morning.
Neither injury is considered serious and both are expected back sometime this week, but they join a growing list of key Bruins who have already missed more than half of fall camp. Strong safety Tony Dye has a pulled groin, but was running on the side Monday afternoon and should return in thenext day or two.
Receiver Taylor Embree has a pulled calf muscle and has been limited to catching balls while remaining stationary. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt is out indefinitely as he goes through the concussion protocol. F-back Damien Thigpen has a strained hamstring and is out until at least the last week of August.
Reserve cornerback Jamie Graham, who is supposed to give the Bruins depth at a thin position as well as help in the return game, has a heavy wrap on his right knee and doesn't appear ready to return any time soon. Reserve safety Tevin McDonald--battling for playing time at nickel back and at safety--has an ankle injury and also did some light running Monday afternoon, indicating he is close to a return.
The Bruins did get some good news on the injury front, however, as offensive lineman Jeff Baca was cleared to do some light running. He was at practice Monday afternoon doing 50-yard jogs as he continues to rehabilitate the broken ankle he suffered in spring practice. Baca has a goal to return for the Oregon State game Sept. 24.