Bloom Latest CU Injury

The injury bug has taking another bite out of Colorado's starting line-up. Already without starting quarterback Craig Ochs, the Buffaloes will probably be without starting punt returner Jeremy Bloom. Bloom suffered a broken toe in Saturday's game with San Diego State.

As QB Robert Hodge prepares for his first start Saturday, DB Donald Strickland and WR Derek McCoy may want to get some reps catching punts.

Head Coach Gary Barnett said Monday that the team would probably be without Bloom against USC Saturday. Bloom broke the big toe on his left foot returning a punt late in the game.

Bloom believes he could still play if he can get a pain killing shot before the game.

Strickland began the season as the Buffs number one punt returner and saw some action against CSU before he got hurt. McCoy has proven to be a very solid and dependable punt returner as well. But it was Bloom's 75 yard punt return for a touchdown against the Rams that caught the attention of Buffs fans.

Some good news on the injury front is DBs Clyde Surrell, Phil Jackson and Donald Strickland all should be recovered from injuries and ready to face the Trojans. DEGabe Nyenhuis should also be prepared to go Saturday.

Other Notes From Boulder:

- QB Craig Ochs underwent four hours of tests Monday afternoon (in Denver), and will resume additional tests at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

He underwent a series of MRIs, and studies will be done this week, comparing current X-rays to past X-rays and baseline examinations in his medical records.

"We're still determining the extent of the situation, and his prognosis has not yet been determined. We are taking every precaution and doing everything we can to come up with the most complete evaluation possible."-- Steve Willard, CU trainer.

- Freshman safety J.J. Billingsley set an offical record against SDST for tackles by a freshman with 12. That coming from the king of stats Media Director Dave Plati.

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