Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Updating the injuries around the SEC
By ESPN.com staff
Florida quarterback John Brantley (high ankle sprain) won't be the only high-profile SEC player out this week with an injury.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Tuesday that it's doubtful that Emory Blake will play this weekend at Arkansas. Blake (ankle) was injured last week against South Carolina. He's fourth in the SEC in receiving yards per game (66.6) and leads the Tigers with 19 catches, including four touchdowns.
Auburn was already without its other top receiver, redshirt freshmen Trovon Reed, who's out with a shoulder injury. True freshman Quan Bray will almost certainly see his role expand at receiver against Arkansas, and junior DeAngelo Benton is another guy the Tigers would like to get more out of this week. The good news for the Tigers is that running back Mike Dyer (ankle) looks like he's a go after getting banged up last week against South Carolina.
The Hogs have their own injury problems. Defensive tackle Robert Thomas (knee), cornerback Darius Winston (knee) and receiver Joe Adams (ribs) all left the Texas A&M game early last Saturday. Thomas' injury appeared to be the most serious. Defensive end Jake Bequette (hamstring) has missed the last three games, although there's hope that he will be able to return against Auburn. Cornerback Isaac Madison (shoulder) also didn't play last week, while defensive end Tenarius Wright (broken arm) remains out for at least the next two or three weeks.
South Carolina may be without defensive tackle Melvin Ingram (foot) this Saturday against Kentucky. Ingram was in a walking boot on Tuesday, and coach Steve Spurrier said Ingram probably wouldn't do much in practice this week.
Alabama will know more about the status of linebacker C.J. Mosley (elbow) and backup running back Eddie Lacy (turf toe) later this week. Mosley missed last week's game against Florida, and the original diagnosis when he suffered the injury against Arkansas was two or three weeks.