UCLA receiver Taylor Embree, the team leader in receptions each of the last two seasons, had a setback in his recovery from a calf strain and will have an MRI Tuesday after seeing a doctor Monday.
Embree, a senior, strained his calf muscle during the third day of training camp and hasn't practiced since. He tried to run on it Sunday, he said, and felt pain afterward so he saw a doctor on Monday evening.
"They are going to take and MRI to make sure there is nothing serious back there," he said. "It's feeling a lot better than it did yesterday. We’ll get the MRI just to make sure nothing is wrong with it and hopefully we’ll be back out here Thursday or Friday."
Embree had 32 catches for 409 yards last season and 45 catches for 608 yards in 2009. He also returned punts last season and has been a starter for the majority of his three seasons at UCLA. He is expected to be one of the team's leaders this season, but has been limited in practice to catching balls from the Juggs machine and said sitting on the sidelines has been difficult.
"It’s always frustrating when you have to miss practice," Embree said. "But at the same time it’s better to make sure you go into the season healthy rather than go in partially healthy and have it linger all year."
Embree acknowledged the injury has lingered much longer than he anticipated and that he's getting a little antsy with the Bruins' opener only 11 days away.
"It’s getting to that point where it’s crunch time," he said. "We need to get it healthy."