Sunday, October 12, 2008
Injury update links
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
This week on Worlds Most Dangerous Jobs... Pac-10 quarterback!
- UCLA released this to the media about wide receiver Terrence Austin, who was injured in the fourth quarter at Oregon.
"[Austin] was fitted for a neck collar, placed on a board and transported from the field to RiverBend Hospital. While on the field, he was conscious and able to move his arms and legs.
Tests at the hospital were negative. He was diagnosed with a neck strain and a mild concussion and released from the hospital in time to fly home to Los Angeles with the UCLA football team late Saturday night.
- Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter appears to have been playing on a broken ankle against USC, according to the East Valley Tribune. The Sun Devils have a bye before Oregon comes to town. Wonder if Carpenter can make consecutive start No. 38?
- Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard suffered a concussion against Arizona and is questionable for the for Saturday's game at UCLA. If he can't go, his likely replacement is Alex Loukas, who led the game-winning drive vs. the Wildcats.
- Washington State fans.... all I can say is at some point you guys are due some serious luck. No. 3 quarterback Marshall Lobbestael is apparently out two to four weeks with a knee sprain. There is good news, though. It appears that No. 2 Kevin Lopina will be ready to play at USC on Saturday. Sure, Lopina can't wait to face the USC defense with his patchwork offensive line.
- I agree with this column: USC quarterback Mark Sanchez looks far from 100 percent to me, too.
- Moving from quarterback, here's an injury note on Oregon State's beaten up secondary, courtesy of The Oregonian: "OSU played without safety Al Afalava (groin injury) and cornerback Brandon Hughes (hamstring). ... When cornerback Keenan Lewis went out with a turf toe in the second half, the Beavers were missing three-fourths of their starting secondary." The good news is those injuries won't likely matter at Washington, and after that the Beavers have a bye.