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Air Force trying to overcome injuries

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Air Force’s bid to stay in the top half of the conference standings for the third consecutive season has taken a hit.

Coach Troy Calhoun announced Sunday that linebackers Ken Lamendola and Patrick Hennessey have been lost for the season with injuries. Lamendola suffered an MCL injury against Navy two weeks ago and Hennessey has a torn labrum. Hennessey has had shoulder injuries that have been bothering him for the past couple of seasons.

“It’s the second time he’s had it,” Calhoun said of Hennessey’s injury. “We’ll do surgery here in the next week and see if we can get him healed up. He’s always had something with the shoulder since he’s been here. He hasn’t really been through a spring ball yet.”

Calhoun also said linebacker Andre Morris Jr., who was injured against TCU, suffered a mild concussion and will be held out of practice for the next three days. Calhoun said he wasn’t sure whether Morris would be able to play this week against Wyoming.

Injuries have not been limited to the defense. The status of quarterback Tim Jefferson against Wyoming is still up in the air. Jefferson missed last week’s game against TCU while recovering from a severely sprained ankle he suffered against New Mexico on Sept. 19.

"I have to see that he's full speed and not holding back on anything," Calhoun said.

Connor Dietz has started games against San Diego State and TCU this season and played a series against Navy when Jefferson re-injured his ankle. Dietz will be the team’s starter if Jefferson can’t go.