Wed. Camp Notes: Mini-brawl, news on injuries
Update on Tony Temple and Hardy Ricks
Head coach Gary Pinkel said the it was good news that Temple's knee injury was a bruise and Ricks' left shoulder will not require surgery.
"Yeah, it really was. Got that news about five o'clock yesterday," Pinkel said. "In my business, you've got to get ready for the next player, that's the patented answer that you have, but you care about your kids."
Pinkel said he'll know more tomorrow on Temple, who went down after banging knees with cornerback Paul Simpson during drills Tuesday. He said it could be a few weeks before Temple is ready to go full-speed, full-contact.
"Tony will get back a little bit quicker, but hopefully we'll have them both back by the Illinois game. That being said, that's why back-up players have got to get ready to play, that's the message to the football team. We're going to have injuries during the season and you've got to get guys ready to play," Pinkel said.
"It's not only a message to our players, but it's a message to our staff. It's their responsibility to get guys in position to win."
The Tigers were without both starting cornerbacks during 11-on-11 drills, as Darnell Terrell was nursing a nagging hamstring injury. But Simpson has been impressive in camp so far, Pinkel said.
Paul's done a really good job competing well. We've been talking in our meetings about Paul," he said.
Once Temple is back, the staff won't be taking it easy on him. They know exactly how many touches he's going to get before every full-contact drill, and that number seems unlikely to change because of the bruise.
"He gets healthy, let's go. You've gotta get ready to play. He's not any different from anyone else out here."
There was a short-lived altercation between the offense and defense during 11-on-11. It started when Danario Alexander caught a touchdown pass in the back of the endzone and William Moore bulled through him, driving him into the goalpost.
Alexander sprung up immediately and went after Moore, and chaos broke out for a few seconds before several coaches ran out onto the field and tackled several of the participants. Alexander and Moore reconciled shortly thereafter, Moore said.
Today was the first day in full pads, so we knew it was gonna get poppin' out there," Moore said. They thought it was a little late, but you know what – you catch the ball, we're going straight through you every play. That gets practice amped up, so I like that.
"That's part of the game. That's part of practice. I wish it would happen more …I love it. I love it.
Daniel to Coffman
Chase Daniel rolled left, bought himself a few seconds, looked off the defense and then threw a perfect strike in between defenders that tight end Chase Coffman pulled in for a touchdown. It was one of the highlights of the day, and it was a familiar sight that should be replayed many times this season.
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