Thursday Football Injury Update

After leaving the Shira Complex Wednesday on crutches, starting center J.C. Brignone was moving without any aid today as Mississippi State practiced two-and-a-half hours for the weekend home game with #13-ranked Vanderbilt (1:30). "J.C. is going to play," Coach Sylvester Croom confirmed.

Brignone, a sophomore who has started all five Mississippi State games this year, suffered a bruised knee in Tuesday's practice when a teammate fell on his leg. Brignone spent all yesterday getting treatment and was questionable to work today. But when practice began at 4:00 he was with the #1 offense as usual, albeit in a limited-yellow jersey and restricted in some drills.

"He was a little sore today but he practiced some," Croom said. "We wanted him to move around today, and he said he was going to go. The doctors say he can, it'll be sore but we're not going to expect him to take every snap."

Which is something Brignone has done most games so far this season. But for Vanderbilt, he will be spelled by backup D.J. Looney. "We'll play him as needed," Croom said. "We don't normally take J.C. out of the game but we'll have to rest him some this game. We're fortunate we've got a guy who can go in there and not have a drop-off."

Other players who were limited during the past few practice days were in their varsity colors Thursday, such as starting DT Jessie Bowman and backup DT LaMarcus Williams. Both had been slowed for three days by back problems, but showed no signs of trouble today. S Zach Smith was running second as usual, back from after-effects of a concussion last week; and WR Delmon Robinson is up to speed again with his sore shoulder.

In fact the only player in a limited-jersey Thursday was TE Marcus Green, who has not played the last three games with a pelvis condition that is slow to heal. Croom ruled Green out for this weekend.

"Marcus is not going to play right now. And to be very honest, we'll take it week by week and see. But I want to make sure he's 100% before he comes back out there. It's the same thing Omarr (Conner, 2006) had, we dealt with that for a long time. We're not going to try to rush him out there, whatever it means for him to be healthy is what we're going to do."

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