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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Aaron Hester injured in practice

By Peter Yoon

Cornerback Aaron Hester hobbled off the UCLA practice field on crutches Wednesday after falling to the ground and screaming in pain during practice, but coach Rick Neuheisel said he expected Hester to be fine.

"Aaron will be fine," Neuheisel said. "Aaron tweaked an ankle, but we expect him to be ready to go."

Hester, a starting cornerback, was covering a receiver during team drills when the injury occurred. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes and the team had to switch ends of the field in order to continue the drill. He walked off the field under his own power and spent about an hour in the training room before leaving on crutches.

It continued what has already been a difficult week for Hester. He received a public reprimand from the Pac-12 because of comments he made about the officiating in last weekend's game against Arizona State and had been suspended by Neuheisel for the first half of the game because of those comments.

Randall Carroll, who began the season as a receiver but switched to cornerback for last week's game, took Hester's spot after the injury and said he had already been preparing for an increased workload because he would start in Hester's place.

“It was going to be a lot because he wasn’t going to get to play the first half,” said Carroll, who played mostly in third down passing situations against Arizona State. “I’m pretty much ready physically and mentally. Mentally is the part that’s going to be tougher, but I’m working with that every night.”