Update on Football Team

The team practiced Saturday for the first time since the USC game, and quarterback Patrick Cowan sat out with concussive symptoms. There are a few others injured after the USC game, and there is some more information revealed about the suspension of running back Kahlil Bell...

The UCLA football team practiced Saturday for the first time since the USC game.

The biggest news from practice was quarterback Patrick Cowan suffering from post-concussion syndrome. The symptoms didn't become apparent until a few days after the USC game. As of Saturday, Cowan was in the process of going through the testing to determine the extent of the concussion. With the Emerald Bowl not until December 27th, it's expected that Cowan will return in time to play in that game.

Ben Olson took the first-team snaps Saturday and Head Coach Karl Dorrell said Olson looked good.

Starting offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis suffered a fractured forearm in the USC game, but he participated in individual drills Saturday. He's expected to play in the Emerald Bowl. Senior tight end J.J. Hair, who has been out since the beginning of the season because of a hip injury, returned to practice fully Saturday. Michael Pitre suffered a concussion in the USC game, competed in individual drills and is expected to be practicing by the end of the week. Safety Chris Horton wore a red, no-hit jersey because of a sore shoulder. Linebacker Christian Taylor is still suffering from the same ankle injury and didn't practice.

Kahlil Bell, the running back who was suspended for violating team rules a couple of weeks ago, will not participate in the Emerald Bowl. Sources are indicating that Bell was suspended primarily after being involved in a fight with a fellow teammate. At this point, it's uncertain whether Bell will return to the program.

UCLA will resume practice on Friday, after taking off this week for finals. They'll practice at UCLA through Thursday, the 21st, and then head to Northern California to resume practicing there before the game on the 27th.

Defensive end Justin Hickman and place kicker Justin Medlock were named to the Football Writers' Association of America's All-American first team. They missed practice Saturday to be honored in Florida.


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