DYKES: Scarlett's Injury 'More Severe'

Brennan Scarlett's knee injury is "more severe" than Cal originally thought. Will it keep the pass-rushing defensive end out of the lineup indefinitely? That and more injury updates from Sonny Dykes's Sunday conversation.

There is still no more certainty – at least publicly – about the severity of California defensive end Brennan Scarlett’s knee injury that’s now kept him out for the past four games.

“There’s nothing new on Scarlett, at this point,” Dykes said in his weekly teleconference. “It’s more severe than we thought.”

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When pressed, Dykes would neither confirm nor deny that the injury – said to be a sprained knee – will require surgery.

“I’ve got to be careful about that right now,” Dykes said. “I can’t share a lot of information. That’s kind of where we’re at.”

As for other injuries, safety Avery Sebastian -- who’s missed five games and each of the last three with what’s been called a quad injury – he practiced on Sunday, but his status is still uncertain for next week’s game against USC.

“Avery’s deal is, he’s kind of day-to-day,” Dykes said. “He did some things tonight, and we’ll evaluate him and see what he can do on Wednesday.”

As for the receivers -- Jared Goff’s most consistent downfield threats Kenny Lawler and Trevor Davis -- they’re making progress, and a bye week will certainly help.

Of Cal’s 43 passing plays of over 20 yards this season, Lawler and Davis account for 10, and the Bears only had three such plays on Saturday against Oregon State.

“Trevor Davis did some things tonight, ran around a little bit, caught some balls, didn’t do anything with a helmet on, but moved around well,” Dykes said. “I think Kenny Lawler is kind of ahead of schedule, so it’s early. We’re still a pretty good ways out, but I would anticipate all those guys playing next week.”

Dykes also expects linebacker Jake Kearney to be fully cleared for Wednesday practice.


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