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Monday, August 29, 2011
Injury update: Taylor Embree returns

By Peter Yoon

As expected, receiver Taylor Embree went through a full practice Monday -- the first time he has done so since he strained his right calf on Aug. 10.

Embree, the team's leading receiver the last two seasons, didn't seem affected by the nearly three-week layoff as he shined in the two-minute drill at the end of practice with receptions on three consecutive plays to help set up a field goal.

He caught a fourth-and-six pass for an 18-yard gain, gained 15 on the next play then found the sidelines for a six yard gain to put the ball at the 20. Three plays later, Kip Smith made a 30-yard field goal.

"It's great to have him back," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "He made some great plays in that clock drive. A very valuable player."

Neuheisel says he expects to have Embree available for Saturday's game at Houston. Being a senior and a three-year starter, the time off from camp won't hurt much, Neuheisel said. In fact, he said it might have helped.

"I think it’s actually a blessing because his legs are fresh," Neuheisel said. "He’s one of those hard workers who can kind of end up running himself dry."

Embree had 32 catches for 409 yards last season and had 45 catches for 608 yards in 2009. He also returned punts for the Bruins last season and returned to that unit during special teams practice Monday. He wasn't expected to miss as much time as he did and had an MRI exam last week that revealed some fluid but no major injury so he was cleared to resume playing this week.

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