INJURY REPORT: Fall camp opens

FROM SHOULDERS TO wrists to collarbones, knees and beyond, several Beaver players this summer nursed the usual assortment of dings and injuries and worked on healing up over the final offseason stages. Here is the latest on the black and orange wounded few and their status heading into today --- the first day of Oregon State's 2009 fall camp.

Offense

PLAYER: K Justin Kahut

INJURY: Groin

STATUS: Kahut is still bothered by a groin issue. An MRI done during the summer did not reveal any damage. Kahut will be on a kick count so he doesn't aggravate his nagging injury.

IMPACT: Kahut played through his injury last year, but his accuracy suffered. If his injury affects his kicking too much Matt Barker may be forced into action.

 

PLAYER: OG Michael Lamb

INJURY: Knee

STATUS: Lamb is expected to be at full speed in early or mid-August.

IMPACT: Before his injury Lamb was expected to push Ryan Pohl for a starting guard spot. But his injury has set him back and he probably won't take the starting spot. Getting him up to speed quickly is important though to fill out the two deeps.

 

PLAYER: OT Wilder McAndrews

INJURY: Wrist

STATUS: After missing all of the spring, he is expected to be at full speed by mid-camp.

IMPACT: McAndrews is another walk-on who was expected to push for a starting spot. If he was at full strength he would compete with Michael Philipp and Colin Kelly for left tackle. Since he will be rehabbing he will help fill out the two deeps.

 

PLAYER: RB Ryan McCants

INJURY: Knee

STATUS: The coaches are encouraged that McCants may be ahead of schedule and return to near full strength within the first week and half of practice.

IMPACT: In McCants absence freshman Ashton Jefferson and Jovan Stevenson will receive the backup repetitions. Riley hopes that is not long though as he wants an experienced player in the backfield when Quizz is not in the game.

 

PLAYER: QB Lyle Moevao

INJURY: Right throwing shoulder

STATUS: Started to throw in early July, but will be on a pitch count early on so he doesn't overwork his shoulder. Moevao is expected to be ready by the first game Sept. 5.

IMPACT: If Moevao is truly ready for the season opener, he will backup Sean Canfield. If not redshirt freshman Ryan Katz will be the backup gunslinger.

 

PLAYER: OT Timi Oshinowo

INJURY: Knee

STATUS: Originally scheduled to return in mid-October Oshinowo is ahead of schedule and may return in early October.

IMPACT: Before injuring his knee he was the starter at left tackle. Due to his injury he probably won't play in 2009, but could help fill out the two deeps.

 

PLAYER: RB Jacquizz Rodgers

INJURY: Shoulder

STATUS: After not participating in contact drills during the spring and receiving opinions from several doctors Quizz is 100%. The defensive players will be allowed to hit him, but within reason.

IMPACT: The coaches are fully confident that Quizz is 100% healed and ready to go. Pac-10 defenders look out!

 

PLAYER: WR James Rodgers

INJURY: Collarbone

STATUS: James was also held out of contact drills in the spring, but already looked to be in mid-season form. He will be fair game in the fall.

IMPACT: Can you stop another Rodgers!?

 

Defense

PLAYER: DT Jesse Fifita

INJURY: Spinal stenosis

STATUS: Forced to quit football

IMPACT: Depth at tackle takes a hit - especially next year when two seniors graduate.

 

PLAYER: CB Brandon Hardin

INJURY: Hand

STATUS: Over the summer Hardin had surgery on his hand to repair some ligament on muscle damage. He will be playing with a protective wrap.

IMPACT: Hardin will be competing with James Dockery and Patrick Henderson for a starting cornerback spot. While a wrap around his hand doesn't hurt his speed, it could affect his ability to snag interceptions.

 

PLAYER: DE Matt LaGrone

INJURY: Wrist

STATUS: Following sitting out spring camp LaGrone is expected to be at full strength.

IMPACT: With LaGrone back in the lineup the defensive ends have another weapon.

 

PLAYER: DT Brennan Olander

INJURY: Foot

STATUS: Expected to be fully healed at start of camp.

IMPACT: There are plenty of bodies at defensive tackle, but another one, with experience, is never a bad thing.

 

PLAYER: LB Tony Wilson

INJURY: Knee

STATUS: Wilson is out for the year.

IMPACT: Depth at middle linebacker took a major hit which may force a true freshman, Rueben Robinson or one of the Unga twins, into action.


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