ASU receiver returns to practice after hand surgery

Updated: August 14, 2003, 11:15 PM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Receiver Jason Wood's return to practice highlighted Thursday's workout by Arkansas State's football team.

Wood, who had to undergo surgery on his hand to repair a bone, was considered a redshirt prospect at one point. But he was medically cleared to return to full practice, and Thursday saw his first action on the field this summer.

"He's catching the ball and doing everything live," coach Steve Roberts said. "We're real pleased to get him back on the field, because it is at a time when we need him."

Wood started last season and was second on the team with 21 receptions.

Thursday's practice ended with several red-zone scrimmages, spotting the ball at the 18-yard line.

"The offense scored two touchdowns and two field goals, and I was real pleased about that," Roberts said.

Nearly as impressive as the return of Wood to practice was lineman Kimani Jones' presence on the field after another player stepped on a toe Wednesday, tearing off the toenail and gashing the toe itself.

"Kimani is a tough kid, there's no doubt," Roberts said. "I was joking with him yesterday that we could just cut the whole toe off -- you don't have to have a toe to play college football, it isn't a requirement.

"But he really stepped it up today," Roberts said. "It's painful, there's no doubt about it, but Kimani is a tough kid."

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