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The latest on Rutgers' Savage, Martinek

September, 28, 2010
At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano addressed the status of his starting quarterback, Tom Savage, who suffered a rib injury vs. North Carolina last Saturday.

"Tom did some stuff today," Schiano said. "I don't know. We are going to have to wait until later in the week. I think our trainers and doctors are doing a great job with him. I think Tom would agree. We will see. It will be later in the week before we know anything."

Savage remains optimistic that he will be able to play in Saturday's Homecoming game vs. Tulane (2 p.m. ET on If Savage can't, true freshman Chas Dodd will start at QB.

"We are confident in Chas if he has to go," Schiano said.

Meanwhile, starting running back Joe Martinek -- who was a game-time decision vs. North Carolina, but gutted it out -- is still banged up.

"He tweaked the [ankle]," Schiano said. "When you have a sprained ankle and you put it in that position that originally hurt it, it is going to tweak it again. That happened a couple times Saturday."

However, Schiano sounded optimistic that Martinek would again be able to play vs. Tulane.

"He is a tough kid," Schiano said. "He kept playing through it. I think what is going to happen is he is going to be sore after the games. As the week goes on, he is going to be better and as he does that it is going to get stronger every week unless he significantly re-injures it. That is our goal, to try and avoid significantly re-injuring it and let it heal each week."

Rutgers' Martinek questionable for Saturday

September, 21, 2010
Rutgers' starting running back, Joe Martinek, will be "a game-time decision" for Saturday's game against North Carolina, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said at his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

Martinek injured his left ankle in the Scarlet Knights' 19-14 victory over Florida International on Sept. 11.

The junior rushed for 967 yards last season. So far this season, he has 34 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown.

"Like I've said all along, I don't know if [Martinek's] going to be able to make it back [for the North Carolina game]," Schiano said. "It's going to be real close."

If Martinek cannot go, freshman Jordan Thomas will likely start in his place. Thomas was very impressive in the preseason. In his first two college games, he has carried the ball 21 times for 71 yards.

"I don't know what's going to happen but I'm very confident in Jordan," Schiano said.