Thursday Practice Injury Update

The Bulldogs were on the practice fields for just over an hour-and-a-half Thursday afternoon in preparation for the weekend's home game with Tennessee. A couple of players who had been out or limited with injuries this week returned to full status, including WLB Dominic Douglas and DT LaMarcus Williams.

Douglas, who missed three days of drills with a sprained right foot suffered in the UAB game, was back at work today and in regular uniform. He was practicing mostly with the second unit at weak-side. His place on the first unit for now is held by Anthony Littlejohn, but by getting back to work today Douglas should play Saturday.

Williams, hampered for two weeks by plantar fasciitis, was already practicing some Wednesday in purple; today he was back to regular uniform and in the rotation at right defensive tackle.

The only regular not at full-speed today was CB Chris Nance with a lingering hamstring problem. He still should be playing in relief this week.

Players sidelined today were HB Robert Elliott (ankle) and WR Anthony Summers (groin), neither of whom have played this season.

Also, QB Mike Henig is having no after-effects from the broken throwing hand that sidelined him most of three games. Henig was not effective in his first game back from the injury, going 2-of-8 passing against UAB with two interceptions. And after playing in a glove that game, Henig has worked bare-handed all week.

Coach Sylvester Croom said earlier in the week that he planned to play Henig in relief of starter Wesley Carroll again this weekend. But Thursday the coach was not so certain. "We'll play it by ear," he said of any thought about a quarterback rotation.

Mississippi State will have a short practice Friday afternoon before an evening meal on campus and overnight stay at Columbus. Tennessee is expected to arrive in Starkville tomorrow afternoon and have a walk-through session at Scott Field.

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