Jordan Zumwalt expected to play

Updated: October 3, 2012, 8:44 PM ET
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt took another step toward playing against California when he dressed in full pads and wore a helmet Wednesday while participating in individual drills during practice.

Zumwalt, who needed about 150 stitches to repair a gash in his forehead after getting hit by a car while riding a motor scooter Sept. 23, was in a red no-contact jersey, but coach Jim Mora said he fully expects Zumwalt to play Saturday at Cal.

"He's going to play," Mora said. "I don't know how much or if he'll start. The fact that he was limited today would mean in my mind that he's going to be a little bit limited on Saturday night."

Zumwalt, a starting outside linebacker, sat out of practice all of last week and did not travel with the team for its game at Colorado last week, a 42-14 UCLA win. He returned to practice Tuesday without a helmet and did only conditioning drills.

Mora said he expects Zumwalt to practice fully Thursday.

"We tried to keep his head out of there today," Mora said. "Tomorrow he'll be full speed."

Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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