Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Injury Updates: Week 10

QB Riley Skinner, Wake Forest – The Demon Deacons signal caller was knocked out of Wake Forest’s last game against the Miami Hurricanes and was not able to return. It is unclear if he will be able to play this week against Georgia Tech and is currently considered questionable.

“He seems fine. We didn't practice with him last night. I don't know how much they'll let him do today. He seems to be clear-headed, he doesn't have headaches or dizziness, so hopefully we'll have him by Saturday. I'm hopeful it's more than 50-50 whether he'll play. We've listed him as questionable, with head injuries it really is a day-to-day process. My hope is that he'll play, but certainly his health and well-being are more important than playing Saturday.” – Wake Forest Head Coach Jim Grobe

QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri – The Tigers’ starting quarterback has been playing through an ankle injury that has been limiting his effectiveness. It does appear he is getting closer to being 100 percent.

“There are a lot of quarterbacks who I think are pretty good players who would just say 'I have limitations moving so I'd rather not play.' They want to get 100% healthy and they might not be healthy for three weeks. But comfort zone they're more worried about making mistakes out there and maybe not looking good because they can't throw as well. But he is just the complete opposite. His attitude is 'Don't even think I'm not going to play, coach.' If you want to be a great quarterback, you have to be a tenacious competitor, and you have to mentally and physically tough as nails. If you lack in any of those areas, you're not going to be a great quarterback. What he is showing me is his toughness. Any great one, that's what they do.” – Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel

WR A.J. Green, Georgia – The Bulldogs’ star wide out suffered a “pulmonary contusion” against the Florida Gators on Saturday, which knocked him out of the game. Green is out for this week, although coach Mark Richt has stated he expects his sophomore wide receiver to return on November 14 against the Auburn Tigers:

“We do. We're not 100-percent certain but the history of this type of an injury by the second week everybody has played to this point, so we don't have any reason to think that he won't.” – Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt

TE Michael Palmer, Clemson –
The pass catching weapon missed the Tigers’ last game against Coastal Carolina due to a concussion. He is considered questionable for this week’s game against Florida State.

“He will get some [contact] today. We were just in vests last night and today he will do some pad work. He will practice today. He has been cleared. You never know until you see how he responds. Scotty Cooper was cleared and he didn't respond well so you never know. Terrence Ashe will be back. Kantrell Brown (questionable/concussion) is doing much better. They are clearing him to practice this week. They will hold him another ball game because they want to evaluate him after a week of contact.” – Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney

DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson – The Tigers’ top pass rusher injured his knee against Coastal Carolina and will likely miss this week’s Atlantic Division clash against the Seminoles.

“He looked pretty good yesterday. He seems to be responding well and in great spirits. He wants to play, but I don't see him playing this week. Beyond that I don't know, if he keeps improving like he has then I think we will get him back quicker than later. Yesterday was a good day for him.” – Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney

MLB Savion Frazier, Tennessee – Tennessee lost their second starting middle linebacker for the season (Nick Reveiz was injured earlier in the season), when Frazier tore his ACL on Saturday in Knoxville against the South Carolina Gamecocks on a collision near the sideline.

“Losing Savion Frazier, we have now lost our second starting linebacker for the season at a position that was already not very deep. Our guys are going to have to do a great job. Our staff is working on different options. We are going to open it up and Herman Lathers and Nigel Mitchell-Thornton will be in there and play a bunch this week at practice to figure out who is the best player. Maybe both of them will end up playing. They are going to have to step up because this is such a valuable position. We saw what happened when Nick Reviez went out. In the transition to Savion Frazier, we played about six quarters of our worst defense. We are going to need guys to step up around them and play better too if we are going to keep up this great defensive run we have been playing lately.” – Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin

CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky – The senior cornerback injured his ankle against the Alabama Crimson Tide earlier on the season and has not returned to the field, a span of four games. It appears he is close to returning, but could miss at least one more contest:

“He worked out yesterday. He'll try to work out tomorrow and we'll just have to see whether he's ready to play this week or not. I'd say he's questionable to doubtful this week. But there is no swelling in it after running on it yesterday. He went through the pre-game warm-up last Saturday night so he's getting really close, I think, to having a chance to get back out on the field.” – Kentucky Head Coach Rich Brooks

S Zac Etheridge, Auburn – Etheridge injured his neck while making a tackle on Saturday against Ole Miss. According to reports he lost consciousness momentarily in a scary moment. He is up and about, moving his extremities and according to headman Gene Chizik he is expected have full recovery. It is a season ending injury, which could put his career in jeopardy as well:

“We can't really go in that direction because we don't know one way or another. It would be hard for me to say, and we're just going to take everything day by day. It will all work out the way it's supposed to be, but just looking that far down the road right now, medically I just can't answer that” – Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik

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