NEWSWIRE: Spring question marks piling up

BEAVER FANS ALREADY knew that James Rodgers (knee) and Jacquizz Rodgers (NFL) wouldn't be cracking pads on the field this spring at Oregon State. Now it sounds like starting QB Ryan Katz might be sidelined as well..

The broken bone in Ryan Katz' throwing hand has been slow to heal, and he might not participate this spring, The Oregonian's Paul Buker reported today after a conversation with head man Mike Riley.

Wide receiver Jordan Bishop is also still having issues with an ankle he sprained back in January.

Not exactly the kind of news Beaver fans wanted to hear, where spring drills are considered critical for a team coming off a disappointing 5-7 season.

If you're looking for some good news, though, Riley had some, saying whispered rumors that James Rodgers is done, and/or that he isn't coming back to school at Oregon State, "is absolutely false. … there's (speculation) going on out there that isn't true.''

The questions about how well Rodgers comes back from the injury, however, won't be answered for some time.

"I don't want to assume anything yet. All I know is, James is trying to be ready for the season. We all know how James will prepare for it…I am not going to play him unless he is really, really healthy.," said Riley.

Rodgers is home in Houston for his rehab, taking on-line classes.

Riley also said he is close to naming the Beavs' new running backs coach -- an announcement could come this weekend.

Recent speculation has surrounded, among others, Charlie Collins, the wide receivers coach of the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the UFL. The site, reporting him to be the odds-on favorite a few weeks back.

You can read the Oregonian piece in its entirety, here.

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